Theft and shoplifting charges are serious in the state of Florida. If you are convicted, you could face imprisonment, fines, and even the seizure of the alleged stolen property. Because the penalties can be so severe, you need to contact an attorney who knows how to challenge the case and offer aggressive defense for your rights. The attorneys at Farkas & Crowley are here to help you with your theft crime or shoplifting charges, and we can meet with you now for a free case evaluation.
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Under Florida laws, theft is when a person knowingly takes the private property of another – from an individual or a business. They deprive that person of his or her property or the benefits of that property, and use it for their own personal gain.
The statute further outlines instances where the theft is valued at $100,000 or more or was a semitrailer used by law enforcement, or if the property was valued at $50,000 or more and has entered the stream of interstate or intrastate commerce from the shipper to the consignee. It also talks about if the offender commits grand theft (stealing property whose value exceeds $750) and in the course of the offense uses a motor vehcle or causes damage to real or personal property of another.
Shoplifting is illegally remove property from a merchant. It can also involve altering price tags in such a manner to reflect a cheaper price. The value of the property shoplifted has an effect on the charges.
For petit theft, you could face a second-degree misdemeanor, which includes up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Petit theft is when a person steals or tries to steal property from a person or business when the value of the property is less than $750. If you have prior convictions, then you could face even harsher jail times and higher fines.
Stealing property whose value exceeds $750 is considered grand theft in Florida.
No matter the type of theft charge you are facing, you need a theft crime lawyers West Palm Beach that can help you represent your rights and get the best possible outcome for your case. Call the team at Farkas & Crowley today for a free, no obligation case evaluation at (561)-444-9529
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