Experienced Defense Against Theft Charges in DeLand & Daytona Beach

In Florida, Statute 812.014 defines theft as knowingly and wrongfully taking, using, obtaining, or endeavoring to use another’s property with the intent to deprive the other and possess the property as their own. This is further divided into “petit” and “grand” theft. What changes the severity of the charge is the monetary value of the property in question, but a defendant may be facing additional consequences depending on the unique circumstances of their particular case, such as if any weapon was used to commit the theft and their prior criminal history. 

All theft charges, however, should be taken seriously and it is in your best interest to not wait before you contact our theft crime attorney in Daytona Beach. Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor petit theft, you could be facing consequences that may last a lifetime. You could be barred from certain jobs, educational opportunities, housing loans, and lines of credit. At Thompson Law, P.A., we make it our goal to help those accused of theft to get their charges reduced or dismissed whenever possible. 

Contact our firm at (386) 280-4977 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24/7 and have two convenient office locations in DeLand and Daytona Beach to best serve our clients. 

Understanding Petit vs. Grand Theft in Florida

Petit theft involves taking property worth more than $100, but less that $750, while grand theft can be charged if the property in question was worth more than $1,000. In either case, the prosecutor must prove the following: 

  • You took property that was owned by someone else
  • You took the property without that owner’s consent
  • You intentionally intended to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of that property without their permission or consent
  • You moved and kept the property, even a short distance for a small period of time

Petit theft is generally charged as a misdemeanor punishable by one year of jail time and a maximum fine of up to $1,000, for first degree, or 60 days in jail or 6 months of probation and a $500 fine for second-degree petit theft. Petit theft may also be charged as a felony, with much steeper penalties, if the accused has prior convictions. 

Grand theft can be charged as a first, second, or third-degree felony, with punishments ranging from 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine, to 30 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. A felony conviction can also bar you from certain rights, such as the right to own a firearm, and prevent you from obtaining certain employment, educational, and housing opportunities in the future. 

Defense Strategies for Theft Charges

There are many questions that can arise in Florida’s definition of theft, such as who was the owner versus who is the possessor or the property, was there intent, and what is the actual value of the property in question. Intent is especially important, as the act must be willfully or knowingly committed by the alleged perpetrator. This means that in order to prove you have committed the theft, the prosecution must also prove your intentions were dishonorable, and that you willfully used deception for malignant purposes. In reality, we have found that too often defendants are innocent simply because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or they mistakenly believed an object to be a gift or a loan from the owner.

One of our lawyer’s strategies is to place reasonable doubt in the jury’s mind. If it cannot be proven that you willfully committed the theft, charging you with such a serious crime like theft is not only negligent, but a wrongful use of the justice system. 

Types of Theft Crimes We Handle

In our decades of experience, we have successfully handled a number of theft charges. Some examples include:

Get Dedicated Legal Advocacy in Daytona Beach

No matter what charges you are facing, and no matter the challenges that lie ahead, you can rely on our dedicated Daytona Beach theft crime defense lawyer to offer aggressive, experienced, and personalized defense. At Thompson Law, P.A., we can counter the prosecution by scrutinizing the evidence and questioning the legality of how it was obtained. You can trust in us to vigorously fight for your rights so you can continue on with life as normal. 

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