GRAND THEFT ATTORNEYS
Grand Theft Attorneys Alavi, Bird & Pozzuto will aggressively defend you whether you are charged with Theft, Retail Theft, or Grand Theft. No matter how difficult the evidence seems to be, our Attorneys will patiently explain your defense options and fiercely advocate on your behalf. We have a combined experience of over 75 years litigating and negotiating a range of Theft cases in Florida.
Please call Call (352) 732-9191 or email us about your case.
OCALA GRAND THEFT ATTORNEY
If you have been charged with Grand Theft in Ocala or the surrounding area (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties), contact Tania Alavi, Christine Bird or Andrew Pozzuto now. We will fight the allegations against you and work to help you avoid the most serious penalties for your alleged offense.
GAINESVILLE GRAND THEFT ATTORNEY
If you have been charged with a Grand Theft in Gainesville or the surrounding area (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union Counties), contact Tania Alavi, Christine Bird or Andrew Pozzuto now. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys. We will consider and explain all of your options from challenging your arrest to preparing for trial.
GRAND THEFT IN FLORIDA
Grand Theft is a serious felony with a range of severe penalties that may include prison. Additionally, the state may seek lengthy probation and hefty fines, restitution and costs of investigation. Most importantly, a conviction for Grand Theft may adversely affect your future opportunities.
Theft is defined under Florida Statute 812.014 as the knowing taking or use of the property of another person with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the other person of the items. There are varying degrees of theft, which hinge on the value and type of the items stolen along with the surrounding circumstances of the larceny. Grand theft is treated as serious offense in Florida by law enforcement and state prosecutors.
PENALTIES FOR FIRST DEGREE GRAND THEFT
Under Florida Statute 812.14, Grand Theft is a serious offense that can be punished as a first, second, or third degree felony.
- Penalties: The penalties for Grand Theft depend on the circumstances involved, the offender’s previous criminal record, and other factors.
- Grand theft in the first degree is a first degree felony offense, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 if:
- The property stolen is valued at $100,000 or more;
- The property stolen is a semi-trailer used by a law enforcement officer;
- The offender uses a vehicle to damage the property of another person as the offense is committed; or
- The offender causes over $1,000 in property damage during the commission of the offense.
GRAND THEFT OF THE SECOND DEGREE IN FLORIDA
A person can be found guilty of a second degree felony for grand theft, punishable by up to 15 years in a Florida state prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines if the value of the stolen property is between $20,000 and $100,000, and:
- The value of the stolen cargo is less than $50,000 and was moved from a shipping platform to a receiving dock before entering the state or crossing state lines;
- The property stolen includes $300 or more of medical equipment, taken from licensed and authorized medical facility, vehicle, or aircraft; or
- The property stolen includes $300 or more of law enforcement equipment from an emergency vehicle.
FLORIDA THIRD DEGREE GRAND THEFT
It is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines for a person to commit grand theft felony in the third degree if the stolen property is:
- Valued between $300 and $20,000;
- A will;
- A firearm;
- A vehicle;
- Taken from a designated construction site;
- A stop sign;
- A fire extinguisher; or
- Any amount of a controlled substance.
If property valued between $100 and $300 is taken from a dwelling, a person can also be found guilty of Grand Theft, 3rd Degree Felony punishable by up to 5 years prison and/or a $5000 fine.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINE FOR THEFT IN FLORIDA
Florida Statute 812.032 provides for a supplemental fine for any person found guilty of grand theft in the state. State prosecutors may file a motion for the fine, which is not to exceed twice the gross value gained or loss caused, plus the cost of investigation and prosecution. This is in addition to other fines authorized by the state and the amount is determined by the court during a hearing.
ELEMENTS OF PROVING GRAND THEFT IN FLORIDA
The prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly and illegally obtained or tried to obtain the property of the alleged victim. The state must also prove proven that the defendant did so with the intent to deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or to benefit from it by appropriating the property.
If you have been accused, arrested or charged with any Theft or Grand Theft crime in the Gainesville or Ocala area, contact Alavi, Bird & Pozzuto, PA immediately.
Let’s meet and discuss your case. Call (352) 732-9191 or email us.