Plantation Theft Crimes Attorney
Broward County Theft Crimes Attorney
Theft generally refers to the unauthorized taking of another’s property with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of that property. Historically, theft crimes have been categorized into different offenses such as larceny, embezzlement, conversion, and stealing. Florida law refers to these crimes generally as “theft,” and it distinguishes them based on the value and type of property taken. There are other crimes that also involve the taking of property, but require that some additional facts exist as well. For example, under Florida law, robbery is a theft that occurs through the use of “force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.” The penalties for Florida theft offenses can be extremely severe and may include probation, fines, restitution, and even imprisonment. Consequently, it is extremely important that anyone facing a theft case in Florida discuss their case with an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Various Degrees of Theft & Offenses
Below is some information about some of the various specific theft offenses found in the Florida theft statute.
- Grand theft in the first degree – If a person commits theft of property that is valued at over $100,000, is a semi-trailer deployed by law enforcement, or is cargo valued in excess of $50,000 and has entered the stream of commerce from a shipper’s loading platform to a consignee’s loading dock, then the theft is considered 1st degree grand theft.
- Grand theft in the second degree – 2nd degree grand theft occurs when the value of the property stolen is between $20,000 and $100,000. Additionally, there are certain circumstances under which the theft of emergency medical equipment, an aircraft, or is stolen from law enforcement can constitute 2nd degree grand theft even if the property is valued at less than $20,000.
- Grand theft in the third degree – When the value of the property stolen is between $300 and $20,000 it constitutes 3rd degree grand theft. Some of the other circumstances that could justify a grand theft indictment include theft of a will, firearm, motor vehicle, fire extinguisher, or more than 2,000 individual pieces of citrus fruit.
Generally, theft that does not fall within any of these categories is considered petit theft, which is a misdemeanor. There are additional circumstances that can aggravate even petit theft cases, and it is important to discuss your options with an attorney regardless of the specific crime of which you have been accused.
An Experienced Plantation Theft Offense Attorney Can Help
There are many potential defenses that an attorney may be able to raise in a Florida theft offense case. For example:
- That the owner of the property consented to the use of the property by the defendant
- That the defendant had a good faith belief that he or she owned or had a right to possess the property taken
- Lack of the requisite intent to steal the property
Of course, the exact defense or defenses raised in your case will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. To schedule a free consultation with a Planation criminal defense attorney, call the law office of Carl H. Lida today at (954) 472-5001.