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Theft Crimes Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL

20+ Years of Experience

From stealing cash or merchandise to defrauding someone or embezzling money, there are various theft crimes in Florida. A conviction can result in harsh penalties, such as incarceration and fines worth thousands of dollars, whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Additionally, having a theft conviction on your criminal record can make it extremely difficult to find work, gain housing, apply for college or university, and live a normal life.

If you have been arrested for a theft or property offense in Fort Lauderdale, look no further than The Hoffman Firm to fight for you inside and outside the courtroom. As a former prosecutor with more than two decades of trial-tested experience, Attorney Evan Hoffman has a unique understanding of both sides of the Florida criminal justice system to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

Our firm handles the following types of theft and property crimes:

  • Arson

  • Auto Theft

  • Burglary

  • Criminal Mischief

  • Criminal Trespass

  • Elderly Exploitation

  • Grand Theft

  • Petit Theft

  • Resisting Recovery of Stolen Property

  • Robbery

  • Scheme to Defraud

  • Shoplifting Retail Theft

Call (305) 928-1669 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free initial consultation. Available 24/7!

Florida Theft Laws & Penalties

In Florida, theft means knowingly gaining access, using, or attempting to obtain or use someone else’s property with the intent to deprive the individual of his/her property or misappropriate the property either temporarily or permanently. Common examples include stealing a person’s wallet or an item from a store, as well as having control over another person’s bank account but misusing the money to purchase something for yourself.

There are two main types of theft: petit theft and grand theft. The penalties for theft offenses are based on the value of the stolen property, the type of property, and the facts and circumstances around the case.

The following is a breakdown of the penalties for petit theft and grand theft in Florida:

  • Second-degree petit theft – Considered the least serious theft offense, a person commits second-degree petit theft if the property stolen is worth less than $100. This offense is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail term of 60 days and a fine of up to $500.

  • First-degree petit theft – A person commits this theft offense if the property stolen is worth between $100 and less than $750. First-degree petit theft is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000.

  • Third-degree grand theft – A person commits this theft offense if the property stolen is worth between $750 and less than $20,000, the property stolen from someone’s home is worth between $100 and $750, or the property stolen is a will, firearm, vehicle, farm animal, or controlled substance. Third-degree grand theft is a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

  • Second-degree grand theft – A person commits this theft offense if the property stolen is worth between $20,000 and less than $100,000, the property stolen during a state of emergency or riot is worth between $5,000 and $20,000, or the stolen property is interstate or intrastate cargo valued at less than $50,000, or the property stolen is law enforcement or emergency medical equipment worth at least $300. Second-degree grand theft is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison term of 15 years and a fine of up to $15,000.

  • First-degree grand theft – A person commits this theft offense if the property stolen is worth at least $100,000, the property is interstate or intrastate cargo valued at more than $50,000, the theft offense involved using a motor vehicle, or the theft offense caused over $1,000 worth of property damage. First-degree grand theft is a first-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 30 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Keep in mind, there are enhanced penalties for repeat offenders and theft crimes committed against the elderly. Furthermore, theft offenses may also result in a civil lawsuit.

Contact Us Today!

No matter what type of theft or property charges you face, let our experienced criminal defense attorney at The Hoffman Firm protect your rights, freedom, and future. Our legal team can investigate your case, collect and analyze evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and defend you at trial. We are ready to fight for you immediately.

Contact us today at (305) 928-1669 to discuss your case with Attorney Hoffman. Se habla español.

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