15 Aug 2016
Larceny in Florida: Misdemeanor or Felony?
Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez
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.
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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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