CLERMONT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY:
GRAND THEFT / PETIT THEFT
The seriousness of a theft crime generally depends on the value of stolen goods. Whenever possible, experienced theft defense attorney Justin Rickman employs defense strategies designed to have authorities reduce felony charges to misdemeanors.
Florida Statute 812.014 Theft outlines the difference between petit theft and grand theft in Florida. Generally, stealing property valued at more than $100 but less than $300 is petit theft, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. Third-degree misdemeanor penalties are imprisonment for up to one year and a $1,000 fine. The exception is stealing property valued between $100 and less than $300 from a dwelling, which increases the charge to third-degree grand theft. Third-degree grand theft is a third-degree felony, carrying imprisonment up to five years and a $5,000 fine. However, if the crime is committed by a habitual felony offender then the sentence may be up to 10 years. In general, stolen property valued at more than $300 is grand theft.
When theft involves weapons charges, if the theft is a felony, then the felony theft charge automatically increases one level under Florida’s 10-20-Life Law. The 10-20-Life charges are extremely serious, and subject to mandatory penalties of many more years in prison than felony theft that does not involve weapons possession.
If you are charged with any form of theft, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Justin Rickman, located in Clermont, Florida.
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