Theft Crime Attorney Miami, FL
Florida Theft Crime Charges
If you have been accused of any type of theft crime in Florida, you need to secure legal counsel as soon as possible. This is necessary in order to avoid the many penalties which may come with a theft crime conviction in Florida. Here at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. our team of Miami theft crime lawyers have specific experience in defending clients charged with theft crimes in Florida, and we use this to provide high quality legal counsel at every stage of our clients' cases.
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Types of Theft Crimes in Florida
In the state of Florida, theft crime charges are typically categorized as petty theft or grand theft. Petty theft in Florida is one of the most common theft crimes committed, it is a "crime of dishonesty" that can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.
Grand Theft involves taking property or goods valued over $300, and this crime can be charged as a first degree felony if certain factors are present.
Other common theft crimes include robbery, which is the intentional and unlawful taking of money or property from another person through the use of force, violence, threat or assault. This crime is a second degree felony and can include penalties such as up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines. Grand theft auto and burglary are also serious and heavily punished theft offenses in Florida.
Our Miami theft crime attorneys have also been successful in defending a broad range of theft-related offenses that are not as commonly discussed. Call us now!
Theft Penalties in Miami, Florida
A theft crime may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the particular case. Imprisonment terms for a Florida theft crime may range from up to 12 months in county jail all the way to up to 30 years in state prison. The value of the property involved as well as the defendant's prior record are two factors which will greatly influence the seriousness of charges and penalties that a defendant may face.
Do not delay in consulting a Miami theft defense attorney at our firm. You may be able to qualify for a diversion program which may ultimately mean that you can avoid a criminal conviction and therefore a criminal record.
What is Petit Theft in Florida?
Petit theft is a type of criminal offense that occurs when a person takes another person's property without consent and with the intention of never returning the property to the rightful owner. In the state of Florida, petit theft is a serious crime that usually involves the theft of property that is highly valued. Petit theft involves the theft of money or property valued at less than $300.
Petit Theft Charges in Florida
Petty theft is usually considered a misdemeanor offense and involves the theft of a small sum of money. When a person is charged with grand theft, they will be charged with a felony. The person's criminal charges and legal penalties will also depend upon if the person carried a weapon during the theft, the type of theft crime committed, how many previous theft-related charges has in his past and the person's criminal history.
Petit Theft Degrees in Florida
- First-degree petit theft: In Florida, this is known as a first-degree misdemeanor. Property valued between $100-$750 stolen from a dwelling.
- Penalties: up to 1 year in county jail and fines up to $1,000.
- Second-degree petit theft: In Florida, this is known as second-degree petit theft. Stolen property of less than $100 value.
- Penalties: 60 days or less in jail and up to $500 of fines.
Can Petty Theft Charges Be Dropped in Florida?
Petit theft charges in Florida are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials. In some cases, petit theft charges may be dropped or reduced if the accused individual has a clean record and the amount stolen is minor. However, due to the complex nature of the justice system, it's important to consult with an experienced Miami theft crime attorney who can explain your legal rights and examine all pertinent evidence. If a petit theft charge cannot be dropped or reduced, there could still be alternate avenues for justice such as community service or probation which can help reduce harsh consequences of having a petit theft conviction on one's criminal record.
Representation for Petit Theft Florida
Criminal accusations of theft crimes are extremely serious and should not be taken lightly. If you have recently been charged with something of this nature, it is absolutely vital that you do not waste any time in securing the legal assistance that you deserve from an experienced Miami petit theft lawyer. By working with our legal team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A., you can be confident that we will do everything in our power to help you reach your desirable result, no matter the individual circumstances of your case. No matter how daunting it may appear, we will dig in our heels and fight to protect your rights in your Florida theft crime case.
Contact a Miami Theft Crime Lawyer Today!
Contacting a Miami theft crime attorney at our firm is a wise choice in order to find out exactly what you are up against in regards to your theft crime charges. Theft crimes carry a negative stigma, and a conviction can bring about a permanent disadvantage for those who are looking to obtain certain types of employment, professional licenses and even acceptance into college. Here at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. we understand the importance of fighting theft charges and the impact that an arrest and conviction can have on your future.
We offer an immediate case evaluation to discuss your case and how you can effectively fight your charges. Our firm represents clients throughout all of Miami-Dade County and Broward County, Florida, so call today!
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