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Boca Raton Petty Theft Lawyer

Facing theft crime charges in Boca Raton, FL?

Petty theft, also known as petit theft, in Florida describes a certain degree of theft. Theft is the unlawful taking of property with the intent of depriving the owner of that property. In order to be facing petty theft charges, the value of the property involved has to be less than $300. Petit theft crimes are also divided into two categories depending on the property value:

  1. First Degree Petit Theft- theft of property valued between $100 and $300 or the existence of a prior theft conviction
  2. Second Degree Petit Theft – theft of property valued at less than $100

Penalties of Petty Theft in Florida

The penalties for these theft crimes will depend on the degree of petty theft. For a First Degree Petit Theft offense, you could be facing up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines or a one year probation order. Second Degree Petit Theft offenses are punishable by up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $500 or six months on probation. Another consequence that may follow is the suspension of your driver's license for up to six months if this is a first conviction. For theft convictions in the future, license suspension may be increased to one year.

Petit Theft Defenses in Boca Raton

Need a lawyer for a petty theft case in Boca Raton? In order to build a solid defense, you need qualified legal counsel by your side. Some defenses that can be made on your behalf, include:

  • The property does not have a value, therefore it is not theft
  • Lack of intention to steal the property, also known as good faith possession
  • The defendant had equal ownership of the property
  • The defendant abandoned the attempt to commit theft voluntarily

Contact the Law Offices of Richard Tendler if you are facing any type of theft crime charges. I am a Boca Raton criminal defense lawyer with 15 years of experience assisting clients in their criminal cases, call now to get started.

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