Petit Theft Criminal Defense Attorney to Fight your charge in South Florida

We know facing petit theft charges can be overwhelming, but Rossen Law Firm is here to lend a helping (and expert) hand. 


What is a Petit Theft Crime in Florida?

Petit theft in Fort Lauderdale needs a theft criminal defense attorneyPetit Theft is the lowest level of a theft charge in 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.



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.



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.


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 petit theft charges. We’ll 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. 


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.


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