Fort Lauderdale Theft
There are varying degrees of theft in the eyes of the Florida legislature, but one common fact among all theft-related charges is that serious consequences will follow a conviction. That’s why representation by Florida theft lawyers should be involved as early in the process as possible. From early advice on how to avoid self-incrimination, through pre-trial motions to have charges reduced or dropped, and at trial, the Florida criminal defense lawyers at Leader & Leader are determined to get the best outcome possible for our clients. The crime of theft can span a broad range of charges involving the misappropriation of the property or funds of another, and is generally covered by Chapter 812 of the Florida Statutes.
The General Definition of Theft in Florida Describes a Theft as:
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.
- Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
Types of Florida Theft There are several different degrees of theft and grand theft. The degree is based on what was taken and/or the value of the item taken. Petit Theft is typically a misdemeanor punishable by jail time. Grand Theft is either a first, second or third degree felony which carries prison time. Typically, a theft in the amount of $100,000 or more is considered a First Degree Felony. Thefts that involve a value between $20,000 and $99,999.99 are Second Degree Felonies. Thefts involving values between the range of $300 and $19,999.99 are Third Degree Felonies. The Fort Lauderdale law firm of Leader & Leader has been focused on one core area of law — criminal defense — and we have more than 68 years of combined experience. We know the courts in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. We know the Florida theft rules and the Florida theft procedures. We know how to pursue justice on your behalf against theft charges that include:
- Petty theft
- Grand theft
- Car theft
- Employee theft
- Stolen property (fencing or selling)
- Theft related to drug crimes
- Identify theft
- Internet Fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Money laundering
Theft crimes encompass a broad number of criminal offenses, all related to misappropriating property or funds, stealing property or committing fraud. The manner in which a theft crime is carried out, as well as whether it is violent or non-violent in nature will most often dictate the particular penalties that a defendant may face if convicted. Some theft crimes, such as robbery or burglary, generally involve force or violence. Shoplifting, on the other hand, is carried out in a hidden manner with the hopes of not even being noticed. Fraud is yet another form of theft that involves deceit to carry out the offense.Fraud may be referred to as “theft by deception.”
Involving a Fort Lauderdale Theft Crime Lawyer
If you have been accused of a Florida theft crime, you need an experienced Florida theft crime lawyer. The failure to act quickly and involve a Fort Lauderdale theft crime lawyer may come back to haunt you if you are found guilty or if you accept a plea bargain that is not truly in your best interests. We devote a significant portion of our Florida criminal defense practice to the defense of shoplifting and theft charges; we help not only Florida residents, but tourists and juveniles as well whose family reputations and careers are suddenly at stake because of a bad decision. We handle each case with discretion and confidentiality. Our job is to protect your rights and prepare a vigilant defense on your behalf. An aggressive theft defense can turn a case in your favor.