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Theft Enhancements – First Degree Felony

If you have been arrested for a theft crime, it is important to know what you are being accused of. According to Florida Statutes, the crime of theft occurs when someone knowingly obtains or uses the property of another person, and has the intent to deprive that person of their property, or the benefit of that property.

There are many different charges you can face if you have committed a theft crime. If the value of the property stolen is high enough, you could be a facing a first-degree felony charge.

The conditions for a theft crime to be a first-degree felony as outline by Florida Statutes are as follows:

  • The property stolen is valued at $100,000 or more, or is a semitrailer that was deployed by law enforcement
  • The property stolen is cargo that is valued at $50,000 or more that has entered the stream of interstate commerce
  • If the offender commits grand theft and:
    • Uses a motor vehicle as an instrument in the crime, other than as a get away car
    • In the course of committing the crime the offender causes damage to another persons property that exceeds $1,000

If you are found guilty of theft in the first degree, you need to be aware of the consequences you will be facing. You will face a maximum of up to 30 years in prison. You will also be expected to pay fines up to $100,000.00 Having a conviction of a first-degree felony is a life-altering situation that will affect you all aspects of your world. This is why it is crucial to have someone fighting for you. Attorney Matthew Thompson is an experienced attorney, who is dedicated to his clients and providing a defense for you. Attorney Matthew Thompson is experienced in handling theft cases, and is ready to advocate for you. Call us today at 386-463-4529 to schedule your free consultation.

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