Numerous Floridians are charged with theft crimes each and every day. Some of these criminal defendants may actually be guilty of the crime with which they are charged. Some of these criminal defendants stand falsely accused of a theft crime they did not commit. If you are facing theft charges, it is important that you contact an experienced theft criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Florida prosecutors aggressively prosecute theft charges to the fullest extent of the law, and the consequences of a theft conviction can be life-altering and long-lasting.
Theft crimes in Florida are considered “a crime of dishonesty” because these crimes involve some sort of dishonest act, such as lying to, stealing from, or defrauding someone. If you are convicted of theft crime, you are convicted of a crime of dishonesty, which goes on your criminal record. This conviction information can be used against you later when you try to apply for a job or need a background check. It can also be used against you if you ever testify as a witness in a court case, as a testament to your tendency to be dishonest. Contact our theft lawyers today.
Theft Crimes in Florida
Under Florida law, theft is committed when a person knowingly takes property that belongs to another and has no intention of returning it. To say this another way, property is taken from the rightful owner with the intent of depriving the owner of his or her property.
There are a number of different theft offenses under Florida law, some of the more common of which include:
- Petty Theft. Generally speaking, petty theft occurs when the value of the property stolen is less than $300. Petty theft is a misdemeanor offense that is broken down into degrees based on the value of the property that was taken.
- Grand Theft. Grand theft involves the taking of property that is valued at more than $300. Grand theft is a felony.
- Shoplifting or retail theft. The crime of shoplifting involves taking merchandise or property from a store. shoplifting can take a number of forms, such as switching out the price tag on an item for the price tag of a lesser value item, taking merchandise without the intent of paying for it, or ringing up an item at an incorrect, but less expensive price. Shoplifting can be a felony offense.
- Carjacking. Taking a motor vehicle that belongs to someone else with the intent of permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the motor vehicle is carjacking. Carjacking can be charged with a felony offense.
Other theft crimes in Florida include grand theft auto, burglary, robbery, larceny, employee theft, dealing in stolen property, check forgery, worthless check theft, failure to return leased or rented property, and identity theft.
When You Need a Lawyer, We Can Help
Being charged with a theft crime can be distressing and embarrassing situation. You may be falsely accused, or misidentified as the thief. Whatever the case may be, if you have been charged with a theft crime in Fort Lauderdale, you need to speak with an experienced theft crimes lawyer immediately. Reach out to our team of dedicated and caring professionals by calling 877-271-6605 today.