Get Relentless Defense for Your Theft Crimes
Florida §812.014 defines theft as an act where a person knowingly
obtains or uses the property of another to deny the other person access
to their belongings or to wrongfully use the property for their own advantage.
The severity of the charge can vary depending on the property stolen.
If you were charged with a theft crime, it is important to seek qualified
legal counsel who will aggressively defend your rights.
At Musca Law, our experienced Florida theft crime attorneys are ready to
handle your case. We have 150+ years of combined experience obtaining
positive judgments on behalf of our clients.
Classifications and Consequences of Florida Theft Charges
Florida laws distinguish theft crimes as either petit or grand theft. The
value of the stolen property usually determines the gravity of the crime.
Read below to understand varying degrees of theft crimes in Florida.
Petit Theft of the Second Degree – Also known as “petty theft,” petit theft of the first
degree is the lowest offense. You can be charged if the property stolen
was less than $100. Potential punishment includes no more than 60 days
in jail and no more than a $500 fine.
Petit Theft of the First Degree – If the stolen property was worth more than $100 but less than
$300, the crime will be considered petit theft of the first degree. This
is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, a person can
face up to one-year jail time and up to a $1,000 fine.
Grand Theft of the Third Degree – A third degree grand theft charge can consist of differently valued property.
Offenses can include stealing wills, firearms, a motor vehicle, a stop
sign, and more. If convicted, a person can face up to 5 years in jail
and up to a $5,000 fine.
Grand Theft of the Second Degree – Grand theft of the second degree is considered a second-degree felony
in Florida. Some offenses include stealing property valued between $20,000
and $100,000, emergency equipment valued at $300 or more, and cargo valued
less than $50,000. Those convicted can face up to 15 years in jail and
up to a $10,000 fine.
Grand Theft of the First Degree – This is the most serious theft offense in Florida. Some offenses include
stealing property valued at more than $100,000, theft utilizing a vehicle
that causes more than $1,000 in property and real estate damage, and stealing
cargo worth more than $50,000. The sentence for such a crime can include
a fine of no more than $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 30 years.
Need a Florida Theft Crime Lawyer? Call (888) 497-0216
If you were charged with a theft crime in Florida, time is not on your
side. The prosecution is already building their case. If convicted, not
only can you face heavy fines and a long imprisonment, but also the charge
goes on your permanent record. It can ruin your future plans including
school, employment, child custody, and more.
If you were convicted with a theft crime, it is important you reach out
to our Florida criminal defense attorney. We can examine your situation
during a free case review and inform you of your options. We can advocate
on your behalf and can make sure your rights are protected.
Call today for a free consultation.