Grand theft is a felony criminal offense in Florida that can result in imprisonment, probation, and restitution if convicted. If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a grand theft charge, do not hesitate to act and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you live in Miami or the greater South Florida area and you’re facing grand theft charges, Brian Kirlew, Esq., can help you prepare your defense strategy. Contact us immediately for a free phone consultation.
What Is Grand Theft?
Under F.S. § 812.014, grand theft refers to stealing (or attempting to steal) someone’s property valued over $1,000.00 to deprive the victim of said property or use it for one’s own benefit.
Grand theft offenses generally involve substantial amounts of stolen property. However, the type of property and how it was stolen impact the charges and penalties. For example, a theft involving law enforcement equipment or emergency medical supplies valued at over $300 is also considered grand theft.
If you have been charged with grand theft in Florida, make the right choice by hiring an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney like Brian Kirlew, Esq. With so much at stake, you should secure legal representation quickly. Our team at the Kirlew Law Firm offers a free phone consultation to help you understand your legal options — call us today!
Degrees and Penalties for Grand Theft in Florida
Grand theft is a felony offense in Florida. This means that a convicted offender can serve between 5 and 30 years in prison and be forced to pay a fine ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Frequently, a person accused of grand theft can face diversion or probation if this is their first offense.
Under Florida law, grand theft offenses are classified as different felonies depending on the circumstances and factors involved at the time of the crime:
- For a grand theft to be considered a third-degree felony, the property stolen must be valued between $1,000 and $20,000. A third-degree felony carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. Stealing a firearm, stop sign, fire extinguisher, testamentary instruments (will, codicil), motor vehicle, commercially farmed animal, and any controlled substance can also result in third-degree felony charges.
- For a grand theft to be considered a second-degree felony, the property stolen must be valued between $20,000 and $100,000. A second-degree felony is punishable by a maximum of fifteen years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Theft of law enforcement or emergency medical equipment valued over $300 and cargo entering interstate or intrastate commerce valued less than $50,000 can also be prosecuted as second-degree felonies.
- For a grand theft to be considered a first-degree felony, the property stolen must be worth more than $100,000. It is also possible to be charged with a first-degree felony if the offender steals cargo entering interstate or intrastate commerce worth over $50,000 and causes more than $1,000 in property damage while committing the offense. First-degree felonies are punishable by up to thirty years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
Along with incarceration and a fine, a person convicted of grand theft may be placed on probation and be required to take an anti-theft course, the CORRP program, undergo a mental health and substance abuse evaluation, attend treatment if necessary and report monthly to probation.
Act Quickly to Defend Your Rights — Contact the Kirlew Law Firm NOW!
Anytime a person is accused of a crime, it is stressful. Don’t deal with that kind of stress alone. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can assist you in your case.
Brian Kirlew, Esq. and our team of paralegals and investigations from The Kirlew Law Firm will work closely with you to build a solid defense for your case. We will protect your rights and get you on the right path to put this incident behind you. Call (305) 521-0484 for a free phone consultation if you are charged with grand theft.
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Our Areas of Specialty
The fact is, there’s always something going on in a thriving metropolis like Miami. That means it’s easier than you might imagine to find yourself facing criminal charges. Given the dynamic nature of our city, it only makes sense for Brian Kirlew and his defense team to be flexible and responsive to the needs of his clients.
Our firm represents clients charged with any and all types of offenses in Miami and the greater South Florida area. The skills of an intelligent and experienced Miami criminal defense lawyer translate to all areas of criminal law. Therefore, we do not like to be bound by one or two particular areas as our “specialty.” We find defending against a broad spectrum of crimes to be more interesting and enjoyable to our practice.
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