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Grand Theft

It can happen to adults and children alike. One bad decision has led to you being arrested for possessing stolen goods from a shopping mall, a grocery store, or from another person. Regardless of your reasons, you are still at risk of prison time and/or fines.

Grand theft is a very serious crime and can result in stiff penalties for those convicted.

If you are accused of grand theft, your first course of action should be to contact a reputable lawyer like South Florida Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman. A competent lawyer will help you to fully understand your situation and begin to prepare you for your legal challenge.


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Miami Grand Theft Defense Lawyer

Attorney Evan A. Hoffman has defended clients against a number of cases including sex crimes, DUIs, and theft/property crimes. With over 17 years of experience both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, he has an advantage that most defense attorneys lack.

He has extensive knowledge of successful prosecution methods and the best defenses against a prosecutor’s case. Evan A. Hoffman is prepared to work with you to find the best solution for your case, and work towards fighting your charges.

If you have been arrested for a grand theft offense or a related offense call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 for a free consultation to speak with a defense attorney today. This firm offers services to clients in Miami, North Miami, and surrounding areas.


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Grand Theft Information Center


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Grand Theft Defined under Florida Law

Grand theft is defined as the unlawful taking of property with a value of more than $300.00 In order to prosecute crimes involving grand theft, the state must be able to prove that the offender took property of or in excess of $300.00 with the intent to do either of the following:

  • Deprive the person(s) of a right to the property or benefit of the property; or
  • Appropriate the property for personal use or for the use of another person not entitled to the use of the property.

Under Florida law there are three degrees of grand theft:

  • Grand theft in the first degree
  • Grand theft in the second degree
  • Grand theft in the third degree

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Grand Theft in the First Degree

Grand theft in the first degree is defined as the unlawful taking of property with a value of more than $100.000, or the taking of shipping cargo with a value of more than $50.000

Under Florida law, grand theft of the first degree is classified as a first-degree felony and is assigned a level 7 offense severity ranking. Penalties for grand theft in the first degree can be any combination of the following:

  • A minimum sentence of twenty-one (21) months in prison
  • A maximum sentence of thirty (30) years in prison
  • Thirty (30) years of probation
  • A fine up to $10,000

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Grand Theft in the Second Degree

Grand theft in the second degree is defined as: the unlawful taking of property with a value of less than $100.000, but more than $20.000, or shipping cargo worth less than $50.000, or emergency medical equipment worth more than $300.00.

Under Florida law, grand theft of the second degree is classified as a second-degree felony and is assigned a level 6 offense severity ranking. Penalties for grand theft in the second degree can be any combination of the following:

  • A maximum sentence of fifteen(15) years in prison
  • Fifteen (15) years of probation
  • A fine up to $10,000

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Grand Theft in the Third Degree

Grand theft in the third degree is defined as the unlawful taking of property with a value of less than $20.000, but more than $300.00 or unlawful taking of a will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument, or the unlawful taking of a firearm or motor vehicle.

Under Florida law, grand theft of the third degree is classified as a third degree Felony and is assigned a level of 4, 3, or 2 offense severity ranking. Penalties for grand theft in the third degree can be any combination of the following:

  • A maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison
  • Five (5) years of probation
  • A fine up to $5,000

If facing charges of grand theft or any potential felony in Florida, you should immediately seek the services of a legal team like The Hoffman Firm.


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More Resources for Information on Grand Theft

Florida Department of Corrections- Florida’s department of corrections provides a detailed list of penalties for a range of offenses including grand theft.

The Florida Senate- Florida’s Senate provides the full statute for theft in Florida.


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The Hoffman Firm Miami-Dade County Grand Theft Defense Attorney

Criminal defense lawyer, Evan A. Hoffman is a former prosecutor and he understands both sides of the criminal justice system. He has the expertise to be able to mount your best possible defense against any charges you may be facing.

Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at (305) 249-0090 for your first free consultation. The Hoffman Firm assists clients throughout Miami, North Miami, and neighboring areas.


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Evan A. Hoffman

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