Theft Crime Defense Strategies

Whenever possible, experienced defense attorney Justin Rickman employs defense strategies designed to have theft charges dropped. In some challenging cases involving items of great value, authorities may agree to reduce felony charges to misdemeanors. The seriousness of a theft crime generally depends on the value of stolen goods.

Florida Statute 812.014 (on 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. First-degree misdemeanor penalties are imprisonment for up to one year and a $1,000 fine. When stolen property is valued at more than $300, charges of felony grand theft are possible. When property valued between $100 and less than $300 is stolen from a from a dwelling or from an unenclosed curtilage of a dwelling — such as adjacent land or a shed on the surrounding grounds — the charge may be increased to third-degree felony grand theft.

Third-degree grand theft is a third-degree felony, carrying imprisonment up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

When felony theft charges involve weapons, the charges automatically increase 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.

Contact The Firm

If you are charged with any form of theft such as shoplifting, grand theft, breaking and entering, simple or armed robbery, embezzlement, forgery, credit card theft, identity theft or others, contact an experienced theft defense attorney at The Law Offices of Justin Rickman, located in Clermont, Florida. Call 352-394-2041 or contact us online today.