Florida doesn’t mess around when it comes to theft – even crimes that most states consider petit theft. In Florida, theft involving property with a value equal to or greater than $300 can result in a felony charge.
While some state lawmakers seek to raise the threshold for what constitutes a felony, this seemingly minor crime is currently considered grand theft in the Sunshine State.
What are the penalties for grand theft charges?
Depending on the value of the property stolen, penalties can increase in severity. Third-degree grand theft is punishable by up to a maximum of five years in prison, and/or a $5,000 fine.
This applies if the stolen property:
- Has a value at or greater than $300, but less than $20,000
- Is a will, codicil, or testamentary instrument, firearm, motor vehicle, commercial farm animal, fire extinguisher, 2,000 or more pieces of citrus fruit, stop sign, anhydrous ammonia, a controlled substance, or taken from a construction site.
Second-degree grand theft (stolen property value between $20,000 and $99,000) is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
First-degree grand theft (property value of $100,000 or more) is the most severe and is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
In addition to these harsh penalties, those charged with grand theft (even the most minor infractions) could experience difficulty finding future employment or obtaining a professional license, as well as being prohibited from holding public office or owning a firearm.
Don’t wait. Get legal help now!
If you have been or are being investigated for, or have been arrested and charged with grand theft in Florida, don’t wait to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you’re facing third-degree grand theft, you may get probation in exchange for a prison sentence. For second-degree grand theft, penalties may be modified in exchange for restitution. Moreover, your attorney may be able to fight the charges altogether. Any theft charge more severe can result in harsh consequences and require a strong defense.
The legal team at Aguilar & Sieron, P.A., knows how to get results. They have over 30 years of experience handling criminal cases like yours and ensuring fair treatment in the criminal justice system. Contact us today find out how we can help.