Some types of petty theft are dealt with by issuing fines. However, more serious organized theft crimes or the theft of property of a high value will likely lead to serious consequences and potential jail time.
If you have been accused of engaging in theft of significantly valued assets, it’s important that you understand the potential consequences. If found guilty, you may be charged with a felony that would lead to jail time and a criminal record. The following is an overview of how theft crimes are treated under the law in Florida.
The definition of theft in Florida
In Florida, a person is guilty of theft if they knowingly obtain or use the property of another when they are not entitled to. They need to have the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of their right to the property to be guilty.
Property value as a determining factor
The value of the stolen property is the determining factor of the seriousness of a theft crime in Florida. A person could be found guilty of grand theft if they are found to have stolen property that exceeds the value of $300.
Third-degree grand theft
If the stolen property is valued between $300 and $19,999, the defendant will be charged with grand theft and will face a maximum of five years in jail as well as a $5,000 fine.
Second-degree grand theft
If the value of the property is less than $100,000 but at least $20,000, the defendant will be charged with second-degree grand theft. This could lead to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
First-degree grand theft
If the stolen property is worth over $100,000, the defendant will be charged with first-degree theft, which could lead to up to 30 years in prison.
If you have been accused of theft in Florida, take swift action to aggressively defend yourself and avoid charges.