Theft Attorneys in Jacksonville, FL
Unwavering Defense for Theft Offenses in FL
Definition of Theft in Florida
Under Florida law 812.014, theft is defined as knowingly and unlawfully taking another’s property, using it, or attempting to obtain it with the intent to permanently or temporarily:
- deprive the person of their rights to the property
- appropriate the property to their own use
At First Coast Criminal Defense our Jacksonville theft lawyers can investigate the incident and use the facts to build your case. We can tenaciously defend your rights in court.
Common Types of Theft Crimes in Florida
Theft may include a variety of property crimes such as:
What Is Larceny in Florida?
Larceny is the unlawful taking of another person's property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it. Larceny differs from robbery in that it does not take force or threat, it's taking any item of value.
Penalties for Theft in FL
Penalties for theft convictions in Florida include:
- Prison time
- Hefty fines
Florida Theft Classifications and Punishments
Florida classifies theft according to the value of the items involved and the charges range from petty theft to grand theft.
First-Degree Petty Theft
First-degree petit theft involves property with a value between $100 and $299 and carries the following penalties:
- one year in jail
- a $1,000 fine
- If convicted twice of any theft crime, the charge is elevated to a third-degree felony
Second-Degree Petty Theft
The lowest level theft offense is referred to as “petit theft."Second-degree petit theft involves property valued at less than $100 and carries the following penalties:
- 60 days in jail
- a $500 fine
- This is a second-degree misdemeanor
First-Degree Grand Theft
First-degree grand theft, the most severe classification, involves property valued at $100,000 or more and carries the following penalties:
- 30 years in prison
- up to a $10,000 fine
Second-Degree Grand Theft
Second-degree grand theft involves property that is valued between $20,000 and $99,999 and carries penalties of:
- 15 years in prison
- up to a $10,000 fine
Third-Degree Grand Theft
Third-degree grand theft involves property that includes motor vehicles, firearms, fire extinguishers, commercially farmed animals, construction or stop signs, or anhydrous ammonia, and/or property that is valued between $300 and $19,999. A conviction under this classification results in:
- 5 years in jail
- a $5,000 fine
The Jacksonville theft attorneys at First Coast Criminal Defense can work hard to build a solid defense for your case and represent you in court against a variety of Florida theft charges.