Officers arrested a defendant for a first degree misdemeanor petit theft. Florida law considers the crime of petit theft as the willful taking of another’s property with the intention of either permanently or temporarily depriving that individual of that property. In order for the crime to be considered petit theft, the value of the stolen item must be less than $300.
RESULT: The defense noticed the client’s petit theft case for trial. The defense prevailed with a no formal finding of guilt ruling, resulting in NO CONVICTION!