Fort Lauderdale Theft Lawyer

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Theft Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

According to Florida law, “a person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to use, the property of another person.”

Taking someone’s property unlawfully is punishable by jail time and fines. Such an offense can remain on your record permanently. However, there are circumstances that may indicate you are not guilty or might be guilty of a lesser offense. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and help you avoid a harsher sentence. Look no further than The Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A., and get the assistance of a skilled Fort Lauderdale theft lawyer.

Ways a Person May Commit Theft

According to Florida statute, theft occurs under various conditions. These can include the following:
  • Depriving the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property
  • Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the property
  • Stealing property that values at or more than $100,000
Get the right help on your side if you face a theft charge. Schedule a free consultation with our Fort Lauderdale theft lawyer today.

Theft Crimes: Shoplifting

One of the most common types of theft crimes is shoplifting. This is also known as retail theft. It can be a misdemeanor or a felony, and the charge will depend on the value of the stolen property.

For example, if you steal less than $100, the charge will be second-degree petit theft. This can result in up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500. However, if you steal more than $750 worth of property, the charge will be first-degree petit theft. This carries up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000.

If you have previous theft convictions, the charge will become a felony, which could potentially result in a five-year prison term, and fines up to $5,000.

Stealing From Older Victims

Florida law penalizes offenders more severely if the theft is committed against older people. If you attempt to steal a piece of property valued at $1,000 or more from someone 65 or older, you could spend time in jail and pay a fine. Plus, restitution damages could require the completion of at least 500 hours of community service work.

If you steal property from a person who is 65 or older, and the value of the theft exceeds $50,000, you will be charged with a first-degree felony. This comes with a $10,000 fine and a maximum prison penalty of 30 years. If the value of the property you steal is between $10,000 and $50,000, the charge will be a second-degree felony. This carries punishments of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

If you face such charges, call us to schedule a free consultation and speak with our experienced Fort Lauderdale theft lawyer.

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Other Theft Crimes

Another possible theft crime is one that occurs in the workplace, known as embezzlement. This charge can come when one employee takes money or property from the company worth more than $10,000. Penalties usually include prison time. Trafficking stolen property can also occur when a person steals property and then sells or distributes it. If a person intentionally deals in property that he or she knows was stolen, the charge can be a second-degree felony with a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Defending Your Theft Charge

The Law Offices of R. David Williams will vigorously defend you from all theft charges. Defense strategies include showing that you did not knowingly take the property in question or claiming a case of mistaken identity. You may have believed the property was yours and had the owner’s permission to take and use it. Defenses of entrapment or duress are examples of additional strategies. Our Fort Lauderdale theft attorney has the experience you can rely on. Schedule a free consultation today, so we can discuss your case and explore your defense options.
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