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Gainesville Theft Crime Attorney
Defending Those Who Have Been Accused Of Theft in Alachua County
Theft crimes in Gainesville can be divided into two categories - petty theft and grand theft. The distinction between the two is based on 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, theft is the taking of another's property without authorization and with the intent to deprive the other of the use or ownership of that property.
How To Prove That Theft Took Place
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 on one's future and should be fought with the help of a Gainesville theft crime defense attorney at Kinsell Law Firm.
Theft Crime Cases We Handle
Our theft crime lawyer in Gainesville can help defend you with the following crimes:
Have you been accused of theft? Call Kinsell Law Firm at (352) 356-8967 or contact us online to get started on your defense with our theft crime defense lawyer in Gainesville.
Grand Theft in Florida
There are three levels of Grand Theft in Florida which are based on 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, and 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.
Contact Our Theft Crime Lawyer Today
If you are facing charges for a theft crime, do not hesitate to reach out to our Gainesville theft crimes defense attorney at Kinsell Law Firm. We understand how serious these charges can be and have experience providing a strong legal defense.
Contact Kinsell Law Firm today to speak with our Gainesville theft crime attorney.