As a Jacksonville Theft Attorney, I have represented hundreds of people facing all kinds of theft charges in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns Counties. There are several different types of crimes in Florida, such as Grand Theft, Petit Theft (petty theft), and Dealing in Stolen Property.
Under Florida law, a person commits a theft in Florida if he or she knowingly obtains or uses someone’s property with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive that person of their property. If the value of the property is $300.00 or more, the Florida crime is considered a Grand Theft. Grand Theft in Florida is a third degree felony and that means if you are arrested for this crime, you are facing up to five years in prison. If the value of the property is less than $300.00, the crime is considered a misdemeanor. If the property is worth between $100.00 and $300.00, the crime is considered a first degree misdemeanor. If you are arrested in Jacksonville for a first degree misdemeanor, you are facing up to a year in jail. If the value of the property is under $100.00, the crime is a second degree misdemeanor. Second degree misdemeanors in Florida are punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
If you are arrested for Dealing in Stolen Property in Jacksonville, you are facing up to fifteen years in jail. This Florida theft crime is considered a second degree felony. To be convicted of this theft crime, the state attorney’s office has to prove that you trafficked in property you knew or should have known was stolen.
Often times, when a petty theft is committed, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will issue a Jacksonville Notice to Appear. This is a piece of paper that is given instead of making an actual arrest. The notice acts as an “arrest”, but you do not go to jail. You must make a court date and are still facing the theft charge. It is important to talk to a Duval County Theft Crime Attorney about your theft charge. Having a theft crime on your record can be considered a “crime of dishonesty” and can affect your future employment.
Call our Jacksonville Criminal Attorney with any questions you have about theft charges in Northeast Florida at (904) 365-5200. Our criminal lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.