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Florida Petty Theft Defense

Miami Attorneys defending Petty Theft Crimes

Have you been accused of theft in the State of Florida? Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony will be determined by the value of property stolen and whether you have any prior convictions for theft. In Florida, the County Court Division of the State Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting misdemeanors, while the Circuit Court Division of the State Attorney's Office handles the prosecution of felonies. The seriousness of the offense will determine the severity of penalties applied.

 

Under Florida criminal law, a theft crime occurs when a person intentionally uses or obtains (or attempts to use or obtain) another person’s property and either: deprives the owner of the property of their legal right to possess or to benefit from that property; or tries to take property for their own use or gives it to someone else who isn't entitled to the use of that property.


What penalty will apply if I am charged with Petty Theft in Florida?

A range of different penalties apply in relation to theft crimes in Florida. These may include payment of restitution, probation and jail time. If you are convicted of theft, that conviction will be entered on your criminal record. This can bring with it long-term consequences, including the loss of eligibility for certain government assistance, difficulties in leasing property and loss of employment opportunities.

 

If you are accused of committing petty theft and have a prior theft conviction, you can be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. If however, you are accused of committing petty theft and already have two prior theft convictions on your record, you can be charged with a third degree felony.

 

If you have been arrested for petty theft in the State of Florida, it is important that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. The criminal defense attorneys at the Miami Law Office of Pelayo Duran can build a strong defense for you, in addition to investigating whether it is possible to reduce the charges you face.

 

The Miami criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Pelayo Duran are experienced in the defending petty theft in the Florida courts. Our criminal trial attorneys will work diligently to protect your rights and do everything possible to build a powerful defense on your behalf.

 

If you have been arrested for petty theft in Miami Dade County or elsewhere in Florida, contact the Law Office of Pelayo Duran now to arrange your free legal consultation.

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