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How Theft Is Defined Under Florida Law

In Florida, theft can be defined as taking another person's property without their consent and with the intent to deprive them of it. This could include a wide range of unlawful acts; the definition is broad enough to include several different types of theft. Florida Code § 812.014 further explains that theft can even include temporary seizure of another's property with the intent to benefit from it or deprive the other person of their rightful ownership of it.

If you have been arrested for any type of theft offense, it is critical that you contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. immediately. We’re available 24 hours a day!

Common Theft Offenses

All instances of theft can carry serious consequences if you are found guilty. The definition of theft has even been broadened under the scope of Florida law to include things like fraud, as well, and a conviction for this type of charge will bring a whole slew of legal penalties.

Types of theft offenses that can be prosecuted under the law include:

  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Identity theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Shoplifting

Penalties for Petty Theft & Grand Theft

Depending on the value of the stolen property, penalties will be waged accordingly. The biggest difference in punishment, however, is in considering whether it was a petty or grand theft.

  • First Degree Petty Theft: Property must be valued between $100 and $299. Penalties include a fine of $1,000 and a maximum jail sentence of 1 year.
  • Second Degree Petty Theft: Property must be valued at less than $100. Penalties include a fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 60 days.
  • First Degree Grand Theft: Property must be valued at $100,000 or more. Penalties include a fine of $10,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
  • Second Degree Grand Theft: Property must be valued between $20,000 and $99,000. Penalties include a fine of $10,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
  • Third Degree Grand Theft: Property must be valued between $300 and $19,000. Penalties include a $5,000 fine and a maximum jail sentence of 5 years.

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If you or someone you love has been arrested for a theft crime in Broward County, FL, it is imperative that you reach out to a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. as soon as possible. As former state prosecutors, our lead defense attorneys know how the other side of the courtroom operates. They also share decades of collective legal experience.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Initial consultations are always free and confidential.
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