In Florida, a theft crime can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony offense depending on the value of the items taken and the number of previous convictions. A theft crime conviction can result in jail time, fines, restitution and probation. It can also result in other long term consequences, including the loss of eligibility for certain employment opportunities, licensing and loans.
Common theft crimes include:
- Shoplifting: stealing an item that is sold at a retail establishment.
- Petty theft: illegal taking of another’s property without their consent, worth under $300.
- Grand theft: illegal taking of another’s property, worth over $300.
- Robbery - using intimidation or violence to steal an item or property.
- Burglary: illegally entering or trespassing into a building or home for the purpose of committing or attempting to commit a crime.
- Auto theft: stealing or attempting to steal any type of motor vehicle
If you are facing a theft crimes charge, it is important to contact an attorney who will put your interests first. At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton we are extremely dedicated to our clients. Our experienced staff will investigate every legal aspect of your case and will work to get the best possible resolution for you. We have the knowledge and experience needed to fight your theft crimes charges. At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, we will do everything in our power to challenge the prosecution and may be able to have your charges dropped altogether.
Accused of a theft crime in Ocala, Gainesville or Bushnell? Contact us today!