In the State of Florida, theft crimes usually vary in severity based on the amount of money and/or property stolen as well as whether any force or violence was used in the commission of the crime.
If the value of the money and/or property stolen was less than $300.00, the crime is usually charged as a misdemeanor. If the value of the money and/or property is in excess of $300.00, the crime will usually be charged as a felony Grand Theft. The theft of certain items, such as a firearm, a motor vehicle, a will or codicil, a fire extinguisher or a stop sign, will automatically result in a felony irrespective of the value of the property.
In addition to the value and type of item that was stolen, your prior history of theft-related offenses is important. For instance, if you have two prior Petit Theft convictions (they could be for stealing a pack of gum and a Big Gulp), your third Petit Theft charge will be a Felony Petit Theft based on two prior convictions.
Many people don't realize that the Judge can even suspend your driver's license upon being convicted of petit theft. Therefore, you will need an experienced criminal trial attorney to handle your theft-related arrest.
Blake & Dorsten, P.A. has experience handling all types of theft-related cases. In addition to the charges mentioned above, several other theft-related offenses are now felonies in the State of Florida.
If you've been charged with a felony such as Burglary, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Embezzlement, Failure to Redeliver Leased Property or Identity Theft, you may be facing severe consequences such as: imprisonment, county jail time, large fines and/or an extended period of probation in which you may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim.
If you are facing any of the above theft-related charges, it is imperative that you have an experienced and qualified criminal trial attorney by your side. The numerous life-changing consequences of a theft conviction call for immediate action.
Contact Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today for for a free consultation on your Theft- related charge.