About Theft Crimes

Theft crimes are any criminal offenses related to the intentional stealing of another's property. Without the permission of the rightful owner, this action is considered a crime under state laws if the purpose was to deprive the owner of the item and its benefits or to possess the property themselves. The severity of charges and sentencing depends upon the value of the property stolen as well as whether the accused has prior theft convictions. Theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is essential to build a defense to get charges lessened or dropped altogether. Florida's LeavenLaw attorneys and staff are committed to protecting the rights of residents who have been accused of any type of theft crime.

Petit and Grand Theft

Petit theft is any theft of property valued from $100 to $300 and generally carries a misdemeanor charge. Grand theft comes in three degrees. Third degree grand theft is issues for a crime in which between $300 to $20,000 was stolen. When between $20,000 to $100,000 was stolen then the charge will be increased to grand theft at the second degree. First degree grand theft is considered stealing property valued over $100,000. In Florida, a theft crime conviction may include probation, jail time or restitution as well as the loss of certain job and loan opportunities due to a conviction on the record of the accused.

Common Theft Crimes

Common criminal offenses that are classified as theft crimes include:

  • Burglary
  • Looting
  • Larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Mugging
  • Robbery
  • Trespassing
  • Some white collar crimes, such as fraud or embezzlement

If you have been accused of a theft crime, the experienced lawyers at LeavenLaw can help. Proving the lack of evidence, unreliability of witnesses or violated legal rights, we can get the charges lessened or your case dismissed altogether. Our attorneys and support staff are dedicated to protecting your rights to preserve your future.