If you have been arrested and charged with petty or grand theft, it is imperative that you contact Fort Lauderdale lawyer Lloyd H. Golburgh, Esq. as soon as possible. Grand theft cases are much more serious and should be treated as such. I have the experience and skill necessary to defend against these types of charges.
How the Value of Stolen Items Affects Charges
In Florida, theft penalties are sorted by degrees according to the value of the stolen item(s). When a person is accused of stealing property valued between $100.00 and $299.00, they will be charged with first degree petty theft, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $1,000.00 in fines. If the property stolen is valued at less than $100.00, second degree petty theft charges will result. A second degree petty theft conviction carries with it a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and $500.00 in fines. Any time a person is accused of stealing property valued at $300.00 or more, he or she will be charged with grand theft. Grand theft is a felony and can subject an accused to state-prison time.
If you have been charged with petty or grand theft, it is important to realize that you are not going to get any sympathy from the courts. Law enforcement and the prosecution will be determined to convict you and obtain the maximum penalties. That is why it is crucial to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer in your corner. Contact me, Lloyd Golburgh, today for a free consultation. I will help you.