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Theft

Generally, theft involves the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property. Importantly, Florida law does not distinguish between the property being taken permanently or temporarily. It is therefore not a legal excuse to a charge of theft that a person intended to give the property back to its owner after a certain amount of time.

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Theft of Property

Whether a theft is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony will often depend on the value of the property taken. For example, theft of property valued between $300 and $20,000 qualifies as grand theft in the third degree, while theft of property valued between $20,000 and $100,000 qualifies as grand theft in the second degree. Theft of property valued over $100,000 is considered grand theft in the first degree. The theft of property valued under $300 is classified as petit theft, which is typically charged as a misdemeanor. The value of the property at issue must be proven by prosecutors in addition to the unauthorized taking of the property itself.

Rules of Evidence

As a “crime involving dishonesty,” theft crimes can leave a permanent and harmful stain on a person’s criminal record. Further, rules of evidence allow for the use of a theft conviction against a person should they become a future witness in any case, civil or criminal.

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No criminal allegation should be taken lightly. It is always important to consult a criminal defense attorney with experience in theft cases to properly present your case and protect your reputation. If you or a person you know has been charged with a theft crime, call us at the Law Office of John M. Phillips for a free consultation.

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