Theft Crime Lawyers in Hollywood
What Constitutes Theft in Florida?
Under Florida §812.014, theft occurs when one individual knowingly obtains or uses, or tries to obtain or use, another person’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of their right to or benefit from the property or to use the property when they are not entitled to. These laws apply regardless of whether the offender intended to return the property or not.
Some examples of theft include:
- Taking someone’s wallet
- Taking items from a store with no intention of paying for them
- Misusing the money of an elderly person’s bank account
- Using someone else’s cable or internet service illegally
- Breaking into a property to steal someone’s valuables
- Taking someone’s car without their consent
- Receiving or buying stolen property
At Magilligan Law, our Hollywood theft crime attorneys offer aggressive representation to protect your rights and freedom. Experience matters when dealing with these cases, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the complex laws surrounding theft crime charges. We’ve effectively guided numerous individuals through the legal process and have a proven record of producing positive outcomes.
What is the Punishment for Theft in Florida?
Like other states, theft crimes in Florida are classified and penalized according to the circumstances surrounding the offense, such as the value and the type of property or services that were stolen. However, it is important to note that theft in Florida is a felony after the amount stolen exceeds $300, which is extremely low as the national average for a felony theft charge is when the stolen items total $1k.
- Grand Theft First Degree Felony – Up to 30 years in prison & $10k in fines if the amount stolen exceeds $100k; if property damage occurred during the theft totaling $1k or more in damages, then it can also be considered a first-degree felony.
- Grand Theft Second Degree Felony – Up to 15 years in prison & $10k in fines if the amount stolen is between $20k & $100k.
- Grand Theft Third Degree Felony – Up to 5 years in prison & $5k in fines if the amount stolen is between $300 & $20k.
At this point, you may be wondering if it is worth it to fight your charges. Remember, a criminal conviction will not just affect your bank account and land you in jail – it will also appear on your criminal record. Employers and educational institutions are prone to avoid those individuals who have a history of theft. Before making the decision to plead guilty, reach out to Magilligan Law for a free consultation. We can help you understand your rights and options during this time.