Theft Defense Attorney in Sarasota
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Theft is typically the crime of taking property from another party without
appropriate consent and with the intent to keep it permanently. Merely
attempting to take something in such a manner and not succeeding can be
considered theft in Florida State law. It is in this gray area that theft
charges may be contested, as criminal intent is not always clear or even
present when an item is unduly taken from another. Additionally, if you
are being charged with a theft crime, the accusing party or prosecutor
would have to provide evidence that proves you were trying to keep the
Rather than attempting to defend yourself with these legalities, the right
choice is to retain an experienced Sarasota criminal defense lawyer to
do the legwork for you. At the
Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC, we have a focus on
criminal defense cases that have yielded us an impressive track record of success. Contact
us today to
schedule your free consultation.
Are There Degrees of Theft in Florida State Law?
Each state has its own considerations when it comes to defining the severity
of a theft crime, and Florida has two main divisions:
Petit theft: If a stolen item is valued under $100, as typically the case in items taken through
shoplifting, Florida courts define it as petit theft. Punishments for petit theft
cannot exceed more than one year of jail time and more than $1000 in fines.
Under certain circumstances, items valued under $300 may be considered
as petit theft.
Grand theft: Items valued over $300, or any amount of a controlled substance (§
812.014.), stolen constitute grand theft in the state of Florida, and
can carry penalties of up to 30 years prison time and $10,000 in fines.
It should be noted that an item with a value between $100-300 that is stolen from someone's
private household can be considered as grand theft.
An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You
If you feel a $1000 punishment is far too excessive for the crime of stealing
a $20 item, you are not alone. Our professional team of associates at
The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC has an authentic and passionate
drive to defend those charged with criminal offenses. We know that one
mistake shouldn't mean the end of your wellbeing, and that the legal
system can seem unfairly stacked against the accused. We encourage you
to schedule a free 30-minute case review today and begin taking the right
steps to defend yourself in court.
There is much on the line when you are charged with theft crimes.
Contact us now.