According to Florida law, theft is considered an act where a person knowingly obtains or uses the property of another with the intent to – either temporarily or permanently – deprive the other individual access to their belongings or to wrongfully use the property for their own advantage. The severity of the charge depends on the value of the stolen property. If you were recently charged with a theft crime, you must hire an experienced and skilled lawyer. With over 15 years of experience, our Dayton Beach theft crime defense attorney at The Law Offices of Kip Miller possesses the comprehensive understanding of Florida law to help you navigate through the complexities of the legal system. Let our legal team handle every aspect of your defense in order to obtain the most favorable result possible.
Classifications & Penalties Of Florida Theft Charges
Florida law distinguishes theft crimes as either petit or grand theft. The value of the stolen property typically determines the severity of the punishment. Second-degree petit theft involves stole property valued below $100. It is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 60 days and a fine of up to $500. First-degree petit theft involves stolen property valued between $100 and $299 and punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000. A second conviction results in a third-degree felony, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Third-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued between $300 and $19,999 or the property taken is a motor vehicle, a firearm, a fire extinguisher, a commercially farmed animal, or any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces. This crime is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Second-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued between $20,000 and $99,999. It is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. First-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued at $100,000 or more. It is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
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