Theft Enhancements – Second Degree Felony
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.
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) 463-4529 to schedule your free consultation with attorney Matthew Thompson.