We know facing petit theft charges can be overwhelming, but a South Florida petit theft lawyer at Rossen Law Firm is here to serve as your legal advocate. Contact our firm today to discuss your unique situation with a diligent theft attorney serving Fort Lauderdale.
What is Considered a Petit Theft Crime?
As a legal professional can further explain, Petit Theft is the lowest level theft charge in South Florida. It involves a person knowingly stealing – or even attempting to steal – something that doesn’t belong to them. When it comes to petit theft, the value of the stolen property must be less than $750.
Find the legal definition of theft on our theft page.
CONSEQUENCES OF PETIT THEFT CRIMES IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Petit Theft Crime consequences in South Florida can get serious pretty quickly.
If the stolen property is valued at less than $100, the crime of petit theft is a second-degree misdemeanor. A second-degree misdemeanor carries consequences of up to 60 days in jail, and fines of up to $500.
If the stolen property is valued between $100 and $750, the crime of petit theft is a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor carries consequences of up to one year in jail, and fines of up to $1,000.
If the stolen property is valued at more than $750, then the crime is a form of grand theft.
PETIT THEFT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
If you’re facing a petit theft charge – you’ve come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has extensive experience providing a compassionate and expert defense to petit theft charges in Fort Lauderdale.
We believe petit theft is typically a cry for help, not the actions of a criminal. After all, we believe that bad things can happen to good people.
Give our office a call if you’re facing these charges. Our dedicated South Florida petit theft lawers will listen to your story, discuss the best course of action for you, and see what resources may help you. One mistake shouldn’t have the power to ruin your life – and we’ll fight to make sure it doesn’t. Contact us today to get started.
Petit Theft Defenses
- Consent: The Consent defense is used when the accused had permission from the owner to use their property. If you believe you were given permission to use the property of the individual who is accusing you of petit theft, Rossen Law Firm can use the defense of consent to serve as a complete defense to the crime of Petit Theft.
- Mistake of Fact: The Mistake of Fact defense is used when the defendant was under the mistaken belief that the property he took was his own.
- Necessity or Duress: The Duress or Necessity defense is the criminal defense attorney’s burden to prove that the only reason the crime was committed was due to the person’s circumstances of duress or necessity.
Free Petit Theft Criminal Defense Strategy Session
We handle many petit theft cases of all types. We know how to protect your rights and provide you with a personalized and aggressive defense to your criminal charges.
We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you. We practice in all of South Florida.
HOW WE WIN PETIT THEFT CRIMINAL DEFENSE CASES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
- Learn how we got petit theft charges dismissed and a criminal record expunged in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Learn how Rossen Law Firm got a Petit Theft charge dropped and criminal record expunged in Plantation, Florida.