Tampa Theft Crime Attorney
According to Florida statutes 812.014, theft occurs when an individual “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.”
Theft is punishable to varying degrees, based on what was stolen and how much (in monetary terms) was stolen. However, there are some items that, no matter their actual worth, constitute grand theft in the first degree, which is punishable as a first degree felony. A first degree felony carries a charge of up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Grand theft in the first degree includes:
- Theft of property valued at more than $100,000;
- Theft of a semitrailer deployed by any law enforcement officer;
- Theft of cargo valued at $50,000 or more, which has become part of the interstate or intrastate commerce in route from the shipper’s loading platform to the consignee’s receiving dock;
- Any level of grand theft that is committed, and in the process the offender causes property damage to another over $1,000; and
- Any level of grand theft that is committed where the offender uses a motor vehicle to commit the theft, other than as a getaway car, and causes property damage to another.
Grand Theft in the Second and Third Degrees and Petit Theft
Grand theft in the second degree is still a very serious crime, and is punishable as such. It carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000, while grand theft in the third degree is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Petit theft in the first degree is a misdemeanor, and punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, while petit theft in the second degree is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500. Petit theft is often the charge that a defendant might face for shoplifting items other than expensive jewelry. The classifications for the above described types of theft are as follows:
- Petit theft of the second degree: value of property stolen was less than $100;
- Petit theft of the first degree: value of property stolen was $100 or greater but under $300;
- Grand theft of the third degree: value of property stolen was $300 or greater but under $20,000; and
- Grand theft of the second degree: value of property stolen was $20,000 or greater but under $100,000.
There were 6,864 cases of larceny theft in Tampa in 2012, according to the FBI. The state punishes theft with the full force of the law, and only an experienced theft defense attorney can help get you out of the serious charges that you are facing. Call Roman & Roman at 877-767-1032 today to reach our Tampa theft crime attorneys and to set up an appointment as soon as possible.