Knowingly depriving another person of their property or using another person’s property without their consent is considered theft according to Florida law. Even If you just intended to temporarily use their property and you are caught with it, your actions are still considered theft and are punishable by the government.
There are different levels of theft that one can get called in for. The lowest level is called petit theft and constitutes property stolen that is worth less than $100. If you are caught for such a crime you will be charged with a misdemeanor of the second degree and can face up to 60 days in prison and up to $500 in fines. If you stole between $100-$300 you will be charged with petit theft of the first degree and can face imprisonment of a year and be compelled to pay $1000 in fines. However, if the property is stolen from inside someone else’s home it is considered much more serious and is classified under grand theft.
If you were caught for petit theft, or you were unjustly accused of it, you should get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer in Orlando Florida to help you build your defenses.
Police officers do not always get it right, and sometimes they may arrest you out of their own bias or racial profiling, or by a misjudgment on their part. If this is the case, you will need the help of an attorney to help you clear your charges and get the justice you deserve. If it turns out the officer just arrested you without any grounds for doing so, and only because of your race or religion than this violates the constitution, and with enough evidence, even the police officer can be held to account for their actions.
What is considered grand theft in Orlando, Florida?
If you are caught stealing any of the following, your actions are considered grand theft according to Florida law:
- Property worth more than $100 from inside someone’s home
- Fire extinguishers
- Motor vehicles
- Commercially farmed animals
- Stop signs
- Property from a construction site
- Controlled substances
If you are caught for these crimes, you will be charged with a felony of the third degree and can face jail time of 5 years and fines of up to $5000. The worst form of theft you can be charged for is grand theft of the first degree and this constitutes stealing property valued at more than $100,000 or if you use a vehicle to commit your theft and cause more than $1000 of damage during the process. For such a crime you can face 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
If you have committed theft and are being pressed with charges, you should get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak as soon as possible to begin building your defense.
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