Grand theft is charged if the defendant is accused of taking property that is valued at more than $300.
In the state of Florida, theft is when someone steals property from another. There are two kinds of theft: petty theft and grand theft. Petty theft is a misdemeanor and occurs when the value of what has been taken is below $300. Shoplifting is quite often a petty theft offense. When a person steals property worth more than $300, the crime is grand theft and is a felony offense. If the person committing the crime is found to be in possession of a weapon, the penalties for grand theft are harsher.
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If you are under investigation for grand theft or have already been charged, you need to contact a skilled attorney right away. A Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer from DiRenzo Defense has the many years of experience necessary to defend your rights and protect your freedom. We offer a free initial consultation to review your grand theft charge and will assist you in deciding on the best course of action for you and your loved ones.
Penalties for Grand Theft in Florida
The penalties for grand theft can be very severe:
Third-degree grand theft: The stolen property is worth between $300 and $19,999. Up to 5 years in jail and a fine of $5000.
Second-degree grand theft: The stolen property is worth between $20,000 to $99,999. Up to 15 years in prison, and fines up to $10,000.
First-degree grand theft: The stolen property is worth $100,000 or more. Up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
If you end up being convicted of grand theft, your life as you know it may be changed forever. When so much is at stake, you need the help of an attorney who can provide the legal advocacy you need to protect your rights and guard your freedom. Contact a Fort Lauderdale Grand Theft Attorney today to review your case. Also serving Miami and West Palm Beach.