There are varying degrees of theft in the eyes of the Florida legislature, but one common fact among all theft-related charges is that serious consequences will follow a conviction. If you have been arrested for and charged with a theft-related offense in Florida, you need to contact Adam Frankel, P.A., immediately for a consultation.
Theft is defined by the legislature as follows;
812.014 - Theft
- A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently:
- Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.
- Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
The sooner you get started on building your defense, the better your chances of achieving a positive result. Below are descriptions of the specific types of theft that Mr. Frankel has handled for his clients.
Grand theft is a special term that basically sets the degree of severity based upon the value of the property that's illegally taken. In general, any property taken that carries a value of more than $300 can be considered grand theft in certain circumstances, and the classification of this crime is a felony in the third degree, punishable by up to five years in prison.
Petit theft involves the taking of any property that's valued at more than $100 and less than $300, and this crime is classified as a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to one year of incarceration.
Shoplifting is technically termed "retail theft," and this crime is committed if someone deprives a merchant or business of any property illegally. As is the case with any other theft-related crime, the severity of the charge will depend upon the value of the property taken, and these charges can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies.
Dealing in Stolen Property
Dealing in stolen property is another charge that can carry varying degrees of consequences, but the statute is very clear in regards to the penalties involved:
812.019 - Dealing in stolen property
- Any person who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree.
- Any person who initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property shall be guilty of a felony of the first degree.
All in all, theft-related charges need to be handled aggressively by your defense attorney. Contact Adam Frankel, P.A., today for a consultation and to begin building an aggressive and thorough defense.
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