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Petit Theft Put a Skilled and Trial-Proven Attorney in Your Corner

Miami Petit Theft Lawyer

Aggressive Defense also Serving Fort Lauderdale

Petit is used to describe crimes that are figuratively small or minor in nature. Petit theft crimes (also commonly referred to as petty theft) may not sound as severe as criminal charges for grand theft, but a conviction for any kind of a theft crime can have significant long-term consequences, in addition to possible incarceration and fines. Theft convictions can create substantial hardships for individuals when seeking employment or applying for any kind of loans or lines of credit.

If you have been arrested for any kind of alleged petty theft offense, you will want to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm aggressively defends clients accused of theft crimes throughout Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Discuss your case with us today by calling (305) 928-1669 if you are Miami. Call 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

Misdemeanor Petit Theft Charges in Florida

Petty theft crimes are typically classified based on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. Under Florida Statute § 812.014, petit theft is generally any offense in which the value of the property allegedly stolen is less than $300.

Depending on the specific value of the property involved, an alleged offender could face:

  • Petit Theft of the Second Degree — When stolen property is valued at less than $100, the offense is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500
  • Petit Theft of the First Degree — When stolen property is valued at $100 or more but less than $300, the offense is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000

It is important to note that an alleged offender who commits petit theft and has a previous theft conviction can face first degree misdemeanor charges, even if the property involved in the offense was valued at less than $100.

Felony Petit Theft Penalties

If an alleged offender has been previously convicted two or more times for any theft offense, a petit theft offense becomes a third degree felony. A conviction is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Furthermore, certain types of stolen items may be classified as grand theft of the third degree (also a third degree felony), even if the actual value might fall within the parameters of an offense that would otherwise be a petit theft crime.

Stolen property that automatically becomes third degree grand theft includes:

  • A will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument
  • A firearm
  • A motor vehicle (except for vehicles elsewhere in the statute that trigger more serious penalties)
  • Any commercially farmed animal, including any animal of the equine, bovine, or swine class or other grazing animal
  • A bee colony of a registered beekeeper
  • An aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility (which also involves a $10,000 fine)
  • Any fire extinguisher
  • Any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit
  • Property taken from a designated construction site identified by the posting of a sign as provided for in Florida Statute § 810.09(2)(d);
    • Any stop sign
    • Anhydrous ammonia
    • Any amount of a controlled substance

The Hoffman Firm can help you tell your side of the story and prevent serious criminal penalties. We have handled thousands of cases and have more than 25 years of experience. You can count on us to provide you with a clear picture of your situation and how you can make the best use of your legal options.

Reach out to us today – call (305) 928-1669 now if you are in Miami. Call 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County.

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