Theft/Larceny is defined as the taking of almost anything of value without the consent of the owner, with the intent to permanently deprive him or her of the value of the property taken. Florida also recognizes various degrees of theft, such as “grand” or “petty,” which relate to the value of the property which was taken.
The worth of the property is key in this type of charge as grand theft or grand larceny, are classified as felonies. In cases where property of relatively low value is stolen, petty or petit theft charges may result. Florida places a specific dollar figure, less than $300 value, as the upper limit for petty theft charges. These charges are typically misdemeanors that carry fines or jail times of less than a year. Still, even in cases of petty theft, major penalties may be placed due to repeat offender sentencing laws.
For cases involving more valuable stolen property, especially property whose value exceeds the limit discussed above, an individual may face felony charges of “grand theft”. Felony charges are very serious and typically result in fines, restitution, and longer jail time.
An individual could have had a valid defense if they are able to establish that they had a good faith belief the property they took was theirs or that they had a valid claim to it, or even that they were intoxicated at the time the alleged theft occurred. If an individual was unable to form the required intent to steal, they may have a viable intoxication defense.
Each case is unique. Contact André A. Rouviere for his honest and professional opinion on your case.
Having one of these types of offenses on your record, or any felony, can carry significant consequences for offenders, including the convict’s inability to find employment. These convictions may be discovered in background checks or job applications and could disqualify job applicants. Additionally, resident aliens in the country may face deportation or other immigration consequences if convicted of a crime.
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