A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently, deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property. The determination of whether the alleged theft is a misdemeanor or a felony is dependent upon many different factors including the type of property allegedly stolen, the value of the property allegedly stolen, or the place from which the property was allegedly stolen. You need an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer to help you sort all of these things out before you go into court and face the judge.
Different Types of Theft
Theft Offenses in Florida can bring very serious penalties including probation, fines, restitution, driver's license suspension, and jail time. Dealing in stolen property is a second degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison. If you have been charged with any of the following theft crimes, call me today for a free consultation.
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Theft from persons 65 years of age or older
- Retail theft
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Dealing in Property paid for in whole or in part by Medicaid
- Dealing in stolen property by use of the Internet
- Theft of copper or other nonferrous metals
- Grand Theft Auto
- Chop-shop operation
As you can see, there are theft crimes that you may not even be aware are indeed theft crimes. If you have been charged with any theft crime in south Florida, it is important to your future that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to help you deal with this problem. I will investigate your case, depose key witnesses, and prepare to defend you to the best of my ability.