What is Larceny?
Larceny is a word used to describe a theft crime. In Florida, there are
several different classifications of theft crimes that each have different
penalties. It is important to know these distinctions so that you can
be aware of what you are facing and how your attorney can defend you against
the allegations you face.
In Florida, theft is defined as knowingly obtaining or using, or attempting
to obtain or use, another person’s property with the intention of
temporarily or permanently depriving the rightful owner of their property.
Essentially, theft is simply taking something that belongs to someone
else, whether it is unpaid-for merchandise from a store or the intellectual
property of a business competitor.
There are five levels of theft offenses. From least serious to most serious, they are:
Second degree petty theft, in which the value of the stolen property is valued at less than $100
First degree petty theft, in which the value of the stolen property is valued at more than $100
but less than $300
Third degree grand theft, in which the stolen property is valued at between $300 and $20,000
Second degree grand theft, in which the stolen property is valued at between $20,000 and $100,000
First degree grand theft, in which the stolen property value exceeds $100,000
Whether a larceny crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends
on the amount stolen. The lowest level petty theft crime, for example,
is charged as a second-degree misdemeanor, while petty theft of up to
$300 will result in a first-degree misdemeanor charge.
Grand theft is always charged as a felony, with penalties that can include restitution,
fines, and prison time of between 5 and 30 years. Of course, since each
case involves a different set of circumstances, the exact penalties may
vary from case to case.
Zealous Criminal Defense in Tampa, Florida
If you have been accused of a theft crime in Florida, you face serious
penalties that could have a profound impact on your future. It is wise
to contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney
as soon as possible to begin mounting a strong legal defense aimed at protecting your rights
and freedoms. The team at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
has more than two centuries of combined experience defending the accused.
When you choose to work with our firm, we will work diligently in pursuit
of the very best outcome possible in your case.
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