Boca Raton Theft Crime Attorney
Theft is the act of taking money, services or valuables with monetary value from another person or group of people. Larceny, stealing, conversion, misappropriation and shoplifting are all defined as types of theft in Florida law.
An accusation of theft is a serious issue and can have repercussions that follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been accused of theft or any related activity, contact our Boca Raton theft crime attorney to start working on your criminal defense today.
Types of Boca Raton Theft Charges
In Florida, there are two classifications of theft: grand theft and petit theft. Whether an act of theft is grand theft or petit theft depends on the monetary value that was stolen.
Theft of any item, sum of money or service valued at up to $300 is considered a petit theft, which is charged as a misdemeanor. If the value was between $100 and $300 and it was taken from a place other than a home or other personal dwelling, the charge becomes one of first degree petit theft.
Theft of monetary amounts, items or services valued over $300 is considered grand theft in Florida. The degree of grand theft is determined by the amount of money that was stolen.
- If the value of the money, property or services stolen is between $300 and $20,000, the defendant faces third degree grand theft charges.
- If the value of the money, property or services stolen is between $20,000 and $100,000, the defendant faces second degree grand theft charges
- If the value of the money, property or services stolen is $100,000 or higher, the defendant may face first degree grand theft charges
Additionally, a few other circumstances can occur to cause a crime to be charged as a first degree grand theft. If a car is used in any capacity other than as a getaway vehicle to carry out the crime, the defendant may face first degree grand theft charges. If more than $1,000 worth of property is destroyed or damaged during an act of theft, the defendant may face first degree charges as well.
Florida Code 812.019 also defines dealing in stolen property as a type of theft. Any person who deals or attempts to deal stolen goods is subject to second degree felony charges. Any person who acts as an organizer of such dealing by planning, managing, financing, directing, initiating or supervising the theft and trafficking of property is subject to a first degree felony charge.
Our Boca Raton Theft Crime Attorneys Can Help
Lavalle, Brown & Ronan, P.A. have been defending clients accused of criminal acts in the Boca Raton area for a combined 130 years. As one of the oldest law firms in this region, we have the combination of experience and local respect that can only be cultivated through years of hard work and success. When you’re facing a criminal accusation, you need the best for your defense. Call our Boca Raton theft crimes attorneys today at 561-395-0000 for your legal consultation.