What You Need to Know About Theft Charges in Florida
Theft is defined by the state of Florida as the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property. The term theft can cover a number of legal offenses, including larceny, stealing, and misappropriation.
To convict a defendant of a theft crime, the prosecution must prove two elements:
Types of Theft Charges in Broward County
A wide range of charges can result from theft and taking another person’s possession(s). The charge depends on the unique factors of each situation, but two of the most common charges are:
Additional factors can affect the charge, as well. In Florida, the charge can be elevated to grand theft in the first degree if:
Penalties for Conviction of a Theft Crime Can Be Severe
The consequences for a theft conviction vary depending on the severity of the charge and the specific circumstances of the case. The value of the items in question, the existence of any enhancing factors, and the defendant’s past legal history can all play a role in determining the consequences — which can include fines, jail time and probation.
Possible Defenses in a Florida Criminal Theft Case
There are a number of possible ways to minimize the negative consequences of a theft charge. Working together, you and your attorney can examine your situation and decide how best to move forward.
In some cases, the charge results as a simple misunderstanding. Florida law states a person can be charged with theft only if he willfully and knowingly took something that was not his. If the owner gave consent to use the item, or if the accused person believed he owned or had a right to possess the item, it’s possible to address the charges successfully. Intoxication and entrapment are also sometimes possible defenses in Florida.
If you or someone you love has been charged with theft in Broward County, you need legal help as soon as possible. Contact the experienced and aggressive legal team at Rossen Law Firm today to learn more about your rights and how we may be able to help. We offer free strategy sessions with our lead attorney and former prosecutor Adam Rossen as well as our partner attorney and former public defender Manny Serra-Jovenich.
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