Miami Theft Crime Lawyer
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.Lawyer for Theft and Property Crimes in Miami-Dade County
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-Dade County, including such communities as El Portal, Golden Beach, Medley, Princeton, Glenvar Heights, and Sunset.
Miami criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman has experience handling these cases on both sides of the aisle as a former prosecutor. His unique perspective helps give clients a better chance of having criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (305) 249-0090 right now to have our lawyer review your own case during a free consultation.
Florida Property Crimes Information Center
- What kinds of crimes are considered theft and property offenses?
- How does Florida’s Civil Theft statute work?
- Where can I find more information about theft statistics in Miami-Dade County?
Types of Property Crimes in North Miami
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;
- Grand Theft;
- Auto Theft;
- Criminal Trespass; and
- Criminal Mischief.
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. Florida Statute § 772.11 states, “Any person who proves by clear and convincing evidence that he or she has been injured in any fashion by reason of any violation of” the theft offenses established under Florida Statutes §§ 812.012-812.037 “has a cause of action for 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.
Miami-Dade Resources for Theft Crimes
Crime Mapping | Miami Police Department — Visit this website to view individual crimes committed in the Miami area plotted on a map within a specified date range. You can customize the different criminal offense categories, including theft/larceny, robbery, and burglary. Users also can view crimes occurring in the vicinity of a specific address or plot the distance between a crime and any address of interest.
Miami Police Department
400 Northwest 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
FBI | Florida Offenses Known to Law Enforcement by City — The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is “a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention.” Crime in the United States (CIUS) presents data tables containing information on the various topics, and this particular table outlines theft offenses, property crimes, and other offenses committed in Florida in 2012 by city. Elsewhere on this website, you can find information relating to property crime trends and statistics sortable by county and city.
Have you been arrested for allegedly committing a theft or property offense in Florida? It will be in your best interest to immediately seek the help of The Hoffman Firm.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Miami who represents clients in Hialeah, Sunny Isles Beach, Kendall, North Miami Beach, Golden Glades, and many other surrounding communities in Miami-Dade County. He can provide a complete evaluation of your case and help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (305) 249-0090 or submit an online contact form to set up a free, confidential consultation.