Theft Crimes – Orlando Criminal Attorney

Cases involving theft can range from misdemeanor to felony offenses. Even in misdemeanor cases the penalties can be severe, including jail and the loss of your driving privileges if convicted. If you have been arrested for the criminal offense of theft, you should speak with an experienced Orlando criminal theft attorney at your earliest opportunity to learn about your rights and the defenses that may be available to you.


Theft is a violation of Florida Statute 812.014 and occurs when a person knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, or appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.

Petit Theft/Shoplifting:

Petit theft is generally a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail if the property stolen is valued at $100 or more, but less than $300. Theft of any property worth less than $100 is generally a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail. The levels of offense and penalties for petit theft can increase however, depending on the circumstances involved in the case. For instance, a person with two previous petit theft convictions, accused of a third faces a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in jail.

Grand Theft:

Grand Theft is a felony crime and involve either stolen property with a value of $300 or more, or they involve specific types or amounts of property. The penalties and level of the offense can vary greatly depending on either the type of property stolen or the monetary value of the property stolen.

Theft – Florida Statutes:

Speak with an Orlando criminal attorney or review the following Florida Statutes for more information on theft crimes:
Florida Statute 812.014 – Theft.
Florida Statute 812.0155 – Suspension of driver’s license following an adjudication of guilt for theft.
Florida Statute 812.0145 – Theft from persons 65 years of age or older; reclassification of offenses.
Florida Statute 812.015 – Retail and farm theft; transit fare evasion; mandatory fine; alternative punishment; detention and arrest; exemption from liability for false arrest; resisting arrest; penalties.
Florida Statute 812.145 – Theft of copper or other nonferrous metals.

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