Theft Crime in West Palm Beach
Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Offenses
Under state law, theft is defined as "knowingly obtaining or using the property of another, in a manner that would deprive the owner of the rights or benefits of the property, or appropriating the property for one's own use." Section 812.014 of the Florida statues contains numerous provisions for the punishment of all types of theft crime, from shoplifting to more serious theft offenses like burglary and robbery.
Theft is classified according to degrees, meaning that depending on the value of the stolen property, the charge and the penalty will vary. Petit theft is a misdemeanor crime, which may result in jail time and probation. The several degrees of grand theft are commonly punished as felony crimes, with sentences that can include several years in prison (as opposed to a jail sentence).
Additional Penalties for Theft in Florida
The penalties for theft don't stop after you've paid the fine and served your sentence. After all of this, you will have to face the problem of finding employment while you have a theft conviction on your criminal record. Employers are hesitant to hire anyone who has been convicted of stealing.
It is vital to avoid being found guilty for any form of theft crime given the severe consequences that could impact your future. A committed West Palm Beach criminal attorney can work with you to build a vigorous defense against your charges. It is not advisable to meet with any members of the prosecution before receiving a consultation about your case, because you run the risk of making incriminating statements which could weaken your defense.
Defending Against Theft Crime Charges
By coming to The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr., you will receive the benefit of my experience in large law firms over the past 25 years, but you will get the personal attention that is only available in a small, intimate practice. I understand that this is a difficult situation for you and that you may have concerns over your future. When you come in for a consultation, I will go over every aspect of the case with you in order come up with the most effective strategy for having your charges dropped or reduced.