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Defense Solutions for Florida Property Crime Charges

The State of Florida has several laws related to theft and property crimes, ranging from taking a pack of gum from a convenience store without paying, all the way up to grand theft and fraud, which can involve millions of dollars. Many people don't realize that the State can pursue theft charges regardless of whether or not the accused got away with taking the property.

For example, if you attempt to take an item from a store but are apprehended by security upon exiting the store, and the store then recovers the item you attempted to take, you will still be arrested for theft, and the State will prosecute those theft charges to the fullest extent of the law.

Depending on the details of your case, there may be defenses available to you. Only an experienced Fort Lauderdale property crimes attorney can ensure these defenses are utilized in your case. Contact us online or call (954) 280-8811 to learn more.

Types of Property Crime Charges

Penalties associated with theft and property crimes can range from fines to extensive prison time, depending on the circumstances of each individual case. A conviction for a property crime often also involves restitution, which requires that you pay money for the damages or stolen property resulting from the charges. Often restitution amounts sought by alleged victims are higher than the actual value of the item.

Property crimes can include:

  • Burglary
  • Criminal mischief and trespass
  • Entry into a property with the intent to commit a crime
  • Damaging or destruction of property
  • Entry into someone's property without permission
  • Grand theft charges
  • Shoplifting or retail theft

A conviction for a theft or property crime will likely also cause problems if a background check is run by an employer, property owner, educational facility, or government agency. You can have a permanent mark on your criminal record if the issue is not handled carefully.

What Is the Difference Between Theft and Grand Theft?

In Florida, the difference between misdemeanor theft (petit theft) and grand theft is the value of the property or money stolen. Petit theft occurs when the value is below $750. If the value of the property stolen is over $750, then felony grand theft has occurred.

What are White Collar Crimes?

Economic crimes, also called "white-collar crimes," include offenses related to obtaining money, property, or other benefits using deception or fraud. These offenses include:

  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Embezzlement
  • Identify Theft
  • Money Laundering
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