Florida Statute 812.014 defines theft as knowingly and unlawfully obtaining or using or endeavoring to obtain or use the property of another, doing so with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive someone of his or her right to the property or any benefit from the property, or by appropriating the property for his or her own use or the use of any person not entitled to it.
Types of Theft in Florida
Petit Theft is a theft that occurs where the value of the property is less than $300. If the value of the property is less than $100, then the crime is a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree. A Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree is punishable by up to 60 days in jail or 6 months of probation.
Grand Theft is a felony of the 3rd Degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of supervised probation and a $5,000 fine. Some of types of Grand Theft include:
- Value of the property is $300 or more, but less than $5,000
- Value of the property is $5,000 or more, but less than $10,000
- Value is $10,000 or more, but less than $20,000
- A firearm
- A motor vehicle
- Any stop sign
- A controlled substance
Grand Theft is a felony of the 2nd Degree, punishable by up 15 years in prison or 15 years in supervised probation and a $10,000 fine if the property is valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000.
Grand Theft is a felony of the 1st Degree, punishable by up 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, if the property is valued over $100,000.
Possible Defenses for Theft in Florida
Every case is different, and your defense should be planned by a knowledgeable Theft Defense Attorney. However, some possible defenses may include:
- No Intent
- Value – While not an absolute defense, showing that the value is actually less than what the State’s charges state, can get the charges reduced.
Experienced Orlando Theft Charge Defense Attorney
At Frost Law, we help clients with all types of Theft Charges, including:
If you or someone you know is facing a Theft Charge, it’s important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to help protect your rights.
Get Help from a Skilled Florida Theft Defense Attorney
At Frost Law, we are committed to helping you with your Theft charge. As a prosecutor, Chad Frost prosecuted hundreds of theft crime cases, and he knows how to build a strong defense.
Call Frost Law today at (407) 670-5569 or use the form on our website to get started on your defense with a free consultation.