With the holidays approaching, theft is more present than ever. When individuals feel pressured to get their kids or family gifts even when they don’t have the funds to, often they resort to theft. For example, almost 11 million people have had packages stolen in the last year.
If you are an individual who has resorted to theft you may want to think before you act. Below we have laid out some of the most common types of theft and what the potential consequences may be.
Shoplifting is considered the theft of goods from an open retail establishment. This is often done through hiding goods in your sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket, pants, or other article of clothing.
This act is generally defined as entry into a building illegally with intent to commit a crime. Trespassing onto any structure or private property and stealing items that do not belong to you is considered theft by burglary.
Identity theft has increased over the last few decades as technology and the internet have increased in use and accessibility. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person's personal identifying information to steal or commit another crime. Generally, this type of theft initially takes your name, credit card information, PIN, and more to steal or gain access to other personal information.
Flordia law states that Grand Theft is any intentional and unlawful taking of property valued at $300.00 or more. The punishment for stealing a firearm in some states can be up to 16 months in prison.
What Do You Do If You Are Charged With Theft?
If you or a loved one has been charged with theft, often the next best step to take is to talk to a criminal defense lawyer. The cost of fines combined with the cost of having a theft conviction on your record can be detrimental.At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we may be able to help with your theft charges today. Call us today to talk to someone about setting up your defense for your case. (305) 330-1360