Gainesville Theft Crime Attorney
Need a lawyer for a theft case in Gainesville?
Theft crimes in Gainesville can be divided into two categories - petty
theft and grand theft. The distinction between the two is based upon the
monetary value of the stolen property. Below $300, it is considered to
be petty theft and above the $300 mark it becomes grand theft. While there
can be additional charges, such as if the theft was accompanied by a weapon
or a threat of force, for simplicity
the taking of another's property without authorization and with the
intent to deprive the other of use or ownership of that property.
In fact in order to prove that theft took place it must be proved that:
- There was an intent to deprive another of the right or benefit of a property
- To take the property for personal use, or for another's use, where
the right to such use did not exist
This can be a very serious crime and can carry heavy fines as well as significant
jail or prison time. If faced with such charges one will need strong legal
representation. Even a petty theft charge can have long term negative
effects upon one's future and should be fought with the help of a
Gainesville criminal defense attorney.
Kinsell Law Firm, our attorneys have
more than 15 years of experience representing clients in criminal matters and are highly familiar with
the proper defense of such charges.
Potential Penalties for Grand Theft
There are three levels of Grand Theft in Florida which are based upon the
value of the property taken.
First Degree Grand Theft - this is assigned when the stolen property is above $100K in value or
if it is shipping cargo then the value was above $50K. The incarceration
sentence ranges from a minimum of 21 months in prison to a maximum of
30 years. If probation is called for then the period can be up to 30 years.
The top fine is set at $10K.
Second Degree Grand Theft - this is assigned if the value of the property is between $20k and $100K.
If shipping cargo then the property would be valued at under $50K. Additionally
this can be adjudicated if the stolen property was emergency medical equipment
worth more than $300. The maximum sentence is 15 years in prison with
up to 15 years of probation. The fine can be as high as $10K.
Third Degree Grand Theft - this is assigned for thefts of property valued between $300 and $20K.
This also includes the theft of firearms, motor vehicles and the involvement
of a will, testamentary instrument or codicil. The term of sentencing
can be up to 5 years in prison and up to 5 years of probation. The maximum
fine is $5K.
There are several very strong lines of defense against charges of this
nature. Need an attorney for a theft case in Gainesville? It is important that you
contact a Gainesville theft attorney for a full review of your case and the charges against you.