Understanding theft charges and your defense options

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

A property crime in Florida could carry significant repercussions. The severity of the criminal consequences is often dependent on the value of the property in question. As such, those accused of theft, or any other property crime, should understand their situation as well as their defense options.

Charged with theft

If you are charged with the crime of theft, this means that you are accused of knowingly obtaining or using or attempting to obtain or use the property of another person. The charge could range from misdemeanor to felony, and as stated above, is often dependent on the value of the property involved.

At Blenk Law, PA, our experienced legal team understands the complexities that can go with allegations of theft. Thus, our law firm is focused on understanding our clients, their situation and the evidence involved. This helps our attorneys build the strongest criminal defense available to you.

Types of theft charges

The most severe theft charges fall under the category of grand theft. An individual is charged with grand theft if the property taken or used is valued at more than $300. Additionally, this charge also applies in unique situations, such as taking cattle or a certain amount of fruit from another person’s land. This can be charged as a felony and a conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to five years.

The next type is petit theft. This occurs when the property in question is valued at less than $300. These are often charged as a misdemeanor and carry with it the possibility of up to one year in jail. The final type discussed is shoplifting. Florida criminal courts refer to this as retail theft, and the severity of the charge is dependent on the value of the property involved.

As stated above, the value of the property involved signals the severity of the charges faced by the accused. The dividing line is $300 and could be used to help reduce the charges involved. The details of the theft crime charged is imperative when determining the defense course. A legal professional can help you better understand your situation as well as the defense options available to you.