Theft Enhancements – Second Degree Felony
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If you have been charged with a crime of theft in the second degree, it is important to know what exactly you have been charged with. There are many different levels of theft crimes, and many different qualifications. Florida Statute 812 defines theft as a crime that occurs when someone obtains or uses the property of another person, and has the intent to deprive that person of their property or the benefits of their property. To put it in layman’s terms, when you’re accused of taking anything of value from someone.
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Now, how do you know what level of theft has been committed? Florida Statutes outline the qualifications for theft in the second degree, otherwise meaning a second degree felony theft crime. These qualifications are as follows:
- If the property stolen is valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000
- The property stolen is cargo valued at less than $50,000 and has entered the stream of interstate of intrastate commerce
- The property stolen is emergency medical equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from a facility, aircraft, or vehicle
- The property stolen is law enforcement equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from an authorized emergency vehicle
If you are charged with a theft crime in the second degree and found guilty, you need to know the consequences that you will be facing. A conviction of this crime means a prison sentence of up to fifteen (15) years, and a fine of up to $10,000. Being convicted of a crime of this caliber will completely change your life. This is why you want someone on your side who is ready to fight for you. Attorney Matthew Thompson has years of experience, and has dealt with hundreds of theft cases. Having previously worked as a prosecutor, he brings knowledge to your case and the ability to prepare a defense crafted to your specific circumstances. Call our office today at (386) 280-4977 to schedule your free consultation with attorney Matthew Thompson.
Client was texting a friend when her significant other tried to grab for her phone. When the client tried to pull away, the victim claimed that he was battered and the client was arrested and brought before DCF due a child being in the house. Attorney Matt Thompson wrote a letter to the State explaining the discrepancy in evidence and claimed that the client was in fact moving away from the victim and did not intentionally try to hit the victim. All charges against the client were dismissed.
Sale and Possession of Heroin
Defendant entered a treatment facility while case was pending. Attorney Thompson provided progress reports of all of her progress during her stay to show improvement. State agreed to amend all charges to simple possession and the Defendant was sentenced into Drug Court.
Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
Client was accused of shooting a shotgun over the head of two minors. Attorney Thompson did a public records request to discover that officers reported to the scene of the crime the night of the incident and spoke to the victims on the evening the alleged crime occurred and believed the victims to be intoxicated and unreliable. Attorney Thompson conducted depositions of the officers and ultimately all charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and no incarceration.
Grand Theft, Fleeing, Possession of a Fictitious Driver’s License
Attorney Matt Thompson, through depositions and litigation was able to show that officers did not act according to the warrant by picking up the client immediately upon sight. The charge of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, which carries a mandatory felony conviction, was dismissed by the State and the client was offered probation and no felony conviction.
Sexual Battery & Domestic Battery
Mr. Thompson took depositions of the victim showing that the victim was not truthful with police when she provided her statement as to what happened. Confronted victim with social media posts, bank records, and telephone records to show that she was not in the places that she stated she was during the time the alleged crime took place. Case 1 was dismissed and the Defendant pled to Case 2 and received two (2) years of prison and credit for fifteen (15) months in prison.
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