GRAND THEFT CRIME LAWYERS in Tampa
Charged With Grand Theft? Work with Knowledgeable Defense Lawyers!
As defined by § 812.014 of the Florida Statutes, grand theft is a crime that involves the unlawful taking – both temporarily and permanently – of another’s property. Grand theft can involve the taking of money and property and is an offense that carries stiff penalties. Florida law identifies the following grand theft charges and penalizes:
- Third-Degree Grand Theft – When stolen property is values between $300 and $20,000, individuals can face charges for grand theft in the third degree. The taking of other specific property may also constitute third-degree grand theft, including theft of a firearm, motor vehicle, and any amount of controlled substance. As a third-degree felony, this charge can carry up to 5 years imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.
- Second-Degree Grand Theft – Grand theft in the second degree involves the theft of property valued between $20,000 and $100,000. Considered a “specific intent” crime, this charge and all other grand theft charges require prosecutors to prove that the accused individual intentionally sought to steal another’s property – a factor that can be disproved with the help of experienced defense lawyers.
- First-Degree Grand Theft – Grand theft in the first degree is a first-degree felony that involves the taking of property valued at more than $100,000. This offense can also include stolen interstate cargo worth less than $50,000, stolen medical equipment from an emergency vehicle worth $300 or more, or law enforcement equipment worth $300 or more. Penalties for first-degree grand theft can be harsh – a maximum of 30 years imprisonment and fines as much as $10,000.
It is important to note that penalties can vary from case to case, and is largely dependent on the specificities of the offense and a defendant’s criminal history. Prior theft offenses, for example, can lead to enhanced charges and penalties. With any grand theft charge, however, the consequences can be harsh and a cause for long-term challenges with employment, housing, or other areas of one’s life.
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After being charged with a crime as serious as grand theft, working with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer becomes crucially important. Our team has more than 75 years of collective legal experience, includesformer prosecutors who know how the government handles these cases, and is driven by the belief that everyone deserves to protect their future and their right to due process. Our experience and insight into the criminal justice system has allowed us to secure many positive results on behalf of individuals charged with theft-related crimes.
If you or someone you love has been charged with grand theft, call Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez at (813) 774-3341. It could be the most important call you make.