theft crimes attorneys

If you are charged with a theft, it is critical that you speak with an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Theft crimes include both misdemeanors and felonies.  Theft usually involves the taking of property of another. Types of theft include:

  • Petit Theft - the taking or using of property valued at under $300 with the intent to deprive the owner of a right or benefit in the property.  There must be a finding of specific criminal intent in order to be found guilty.  A first offense for petit theft is charged as a second degree misdemeanor.  A second offense can be charged as a first degree misdemeanor.  In addition, a court may suspend your driver's license upon an adjudication of guilt.
  • Grand Theft - any intentional and unlawful taking of property valued at $300.00 or more.  There must be a finding of specific criminal intent in order to be found guilty.  The way grand theft is charge depends on the value of the property taken.  
    • A defendant will be charged with a third degree felony if the alleged stolen property is:
      • Valued at $300 or more, but less than $20,000
      • A will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument
      • A firearm
      • A motor vehicle
      • Any commercially farmed animal
      • Any fire extinguisher
      • Any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit
      • Any stop sign
  • Worthless Checks - a person, in order to obtain goods or services, issues a check with knowledge that there are insufficient funds in his or her bank account to cover the transaction.  Where the check issued is in an amount less than $150.00, the offense is classified as a first degree misdemeanor.  Where the check is in an amount of $150.00 or more, the offense is a third degree felony.
  • Dealing in Stolen Property - to traffic in or endeavor to traffic in property that he or she knows or reasonably should know was stolen. Dealing in Stolen Property is a second degree felony.  However, the charge may be upgraded to a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years imprisonment, where a defendant initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property, and then traffics in such stolen property.
  • Welfare Fraud -  illegally receiving, retaining, misappropriating, seeking, or using state and federal public assistance, services, or benefits.  Welfare fraud in may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the amount of benefits or value of services received or obtained. 
  • False Information to a Pawnbroker - occurs when a defendant in order to receive money in the course of a pawn transaction, knowingly and falsely states that he or she is the owner of property and has the right to dispose of the property.  Where the amount received by the defendant is less than $300, the offense is a third degree felony.  Where the amount is $300 or more, the offense is classified as a second degree felony.

It is important that you have an attorney that will fight for you and defend your rights. For your free and confidential consultation, contact us online today or call Attorney Heather Bryan at 863-825-5309.