theft crimes lawyer
The Importance of an Attorney Fighting Your Theft Charge
In the State of Florida, a person commits theft by taking or using someone else’s property while having the requisite criminal intent to temporarily or permanently deprive another of their property. If you are facing a theft charge serious consequences could follow. A conviction could lead to loss of employment, driver’s license suspension, jail/prison time and/or probation, a fine, and an anti-theft class. At Dadan Law Firm we will work hard to fight your theft charge by challenging the evidence used against you including your intent, arrest affidavit, any statements or observations made by any State witnesses. We are one of the best law firms that offers representation in Saint Lucie County, Martin County, Indian River County, Broward County, Dade County and Palm Beach County.
Contact our firm at 772-579-0347.
Penalties for Theft Crimes in Florida
- Petit theft of the second degree (less than $100): Up to 60 days in jail and/or probation, a $500 fine
- Petit theft of the first degree (less than $300): Up to 1-year in the county jail and/or probation, and $1,000 fine
- Grand theft of the third degree (less than $20,000): Up to 5 years in prison and/or probation,and a $5,000 fine
- Grand theft of the second degree (less than $100,000): Up to 15 years in prison and/or probation, and a $10,000 fine
- Grand theft of the first degree ($100,000 or more): Up to 30 years in prison and/or probation and a $10,000 fine
A petit theft in Florida will be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor if the offender has previously been convicted of any theft offense.
Driver’s License Suspension
Anyone convicted of misdemeanor theft in Florida, regardless of the value of stolen property may be subject to a driver’s license suspension. The Court will definitely suspend your license for a second theft conviction (petit theft with a prior) generally for 6 months.
Theft Defenses (List Is Not All Inclusive)
- Mistaken identity
- False accusations
- Items not found in possession of the accused
- Customer mistakenly leaving the store
- Poor quality video creating a factual dispute about a suspect’s identity
- Being set up by a co-defendant