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State law in Florida protects the rights of property owners. When a person steals, damages, or intrudes on the property of another party, it can result in criminal charges. Alleged theft or property crimes are taken very seriously by prosecutors and convictions can carry stiff consequences. In addition to possible incarceration and fines, the effect of having this type offense on a criminal record can create substantial hardships for people when applying for jobs or housing.
If you think you might be under investigation or you were already arrested for an alleged theft or property offense in Florida, you should refuse to make any kind of statement to authorities until you have legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm fights to protect the rights of alleged offenders all over Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
The classification of most theft and property offenses is based on the value of the property that was stolen or damaged. Additional factors such as the presence of the alleged victim or the use of a dangerous weapon can be aggravating factors.
While some cases are misdemeanor offenses, many other crimes result in felony charges. It is important to understand that any prior convictions for theft can lead to enhanced sentences.
A few of the most common types of theft and property offenses in Florida include:
- Petit theft
- Shoplifting retail theft
- Criminal mischief
- Grand theft
- Criminal trespass
- Auto theft
- Elderly exploitation
- Scheme to defraud
- Resisting recovery of stolen property
Civil Penalties for Florida Theft Offenses
Criminal charges are not the only issues that alleged offenders may have to deal with when accused of theft. Victims of theft could be entitled to, “threefold the actual damages sustained and, in any such action, is entitled to minimum damages in the amount of $200, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs in the trial and appellate courts.”
In such cases, an alleged victim must send a written demand for the damages sought to the alleged offender. If the alleged offender does not pay the alleged injured party within 30 days, the alleged victim can file a lawsuit against the alleged offender. This means that a person who is convicted of a theft crime in Florida may be ordered to pay fines, restitution, and still be subject to civil damages.
Many individuals and businesses will seek to take advantage of Florida’s Civil Theft statute because of the possibility of recovering treble damages (triple the amount of the actual or compensatory damages). It is important to understand that the clear and convincing evidence standard used in these cases is a much tougher burden for plaintiffs to satisfy than the preponderance of the evidence standard used in most civil cases, which makes it critical for all alleged offenders to have skilled defense attorneys.
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