Theft in Englewood, FL
Theft is defined as taking something of value without the owner’s consent, with intent to deprive that person of their property. If you have been charged with theft, you could face penalties that range from suspension of driving privileges to a sentence involving jail or prison time. Like any criminal offense a theft charge should be taken seriously since it’s a crime that involves moral turpitude. Theft convictions result in a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life. An Englewood theft attorney from Pallegar Law can advise you through the criminal process and we may even be able to get your case dismissed on the merits or get you into a diversion program which would lead to a dismissal of the case. Florida recognizes different degrees of theft, grand theft and petty theft. These degrees have a direct correlation to the value of the property stolen. If you were charged with stealing a candy bar from a gas station you would most likely face a second-degree petty theft charge. If you stole someone’s car from the gas station parking lot, you would likely be charged with grand theft of a conveyance which is a more serious felony. The differences between these charges aside from the facts are the severity of punishment. One would be classified as a misdemeanor, while the other would be classified as a felony. One qualifies for an automatic diversion program or worst case by a maximum of sixty days in jail, the other with potential prison time. It is very important that you hire an Englewood theft attorney to help fight for your freedoms. In Englewood, your chances of being involved in a property crime such as theft are 1 in 63. In 2017, about 18 cases of theft were reported per 1,000 people in Englewood. We are Englewood theft lawyer and are licensed to represent you in all Florida courts.Misdemeanor Theft
If you have been arrested for stealing less than $100, you face a petit theft charge in the second degree. You could be penalized with up to 60 days in jail and a fine. If the property stolen is worth more than $100 but is less than $300, you could face a year in jail and an even larger fine. Shoplifting is often associated with petit theft.Felony Theft
If you have been arrested for theft of property worth more than $300 but less than $5,000, you could be charged with felony theft in the third degree. This charge is punishable by up to five years in State prison. Grand theft is considered a felony offense in Florida. Grand theft involves theft of property valued at $300 or more or theft of a particular kind of item, for example a firearm. Depending on what was stolen and the value of the property, sentences vary from 5 years to 30 years in state prison. A defendant who faces a grand theft charge might be required to pay restitution to the victim along with other fines and court fees.Burglary
Burglary is considered a serious theft crime. It is defined by Florida law as unlawfully entering someone’s property with intent to commit a crime, that crime most often being theft. Penalties for burglary vary based on each aspect of your case. If you are in possession of burglary tools with the intention to commit burglary or trespass, it is an additional criminal offense. If you are in possession of a deadly weapon while accused of burglary, your sentence could be intensified. If an Englewood theft lawyer at Pallegar Law could prove that you were entering the property for a lawful reason or that you were unarmed it could make a huge difference in your case.
Whether your charge is a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to seek representation for the best possible results. Even a misdemeanor charge on your record could prevent you from opportunities like employment. If you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge you should contact an experienced Englewood theft lawyer at Pallegar Law (941) 893-5816 immediately.Contact an Englewood Criminal Defense Attorney
There are multiple defenses an Englewood criminal defense attorney at Pallegar Law can use to defend your rights and freedoms. Our attorneys have experience working with a range of cases including both felony and misdemeanor charges. We are fierce advocates for our clients and we have an extensive understanding of both sides of the criminal justice system. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a crime call Pallegar Law (941) 893-5816 now for a free consultation.