Fort Lauderdale Theft Crime Attorney
Offenses Against Property
Have you been contacted by the police in regards to an investigation for
a theft crime? Have you been arrested for shoplifting or another theft
crime? When you are dealing with criminal charges involving theft, it
is important to have the strong defense of an attorney from the very outset.
The penalties in Florida can be very severe and you could face extended
periods of time in jail or prison if you are convicted of the more serious
Theft is defined under the law as the taking of another's property
without their consent or knowledge with the intent of depriving the owner
of its possession or use. This crime may be committed in a number of ways,
and usually involves the use of deception, force or violence. It is these
three factors that will determine the severity of your charges and the
penalties that you will be given. For example, robbery charges are considered
to be a violent crime because they are committed using physical force
or with the aid of a deadly weapon.
Types of Charges
This is a crime of breaking and entering. It always involves the forced
entry (any type of illegal entry) into a building owned by another. This
is usually for the purpose of stealing.
This crime is committed when an individual steals a motor vehicle. It
may involve forced entry while people are in the vehicle or away from
Also called "grand larceny," this is a theft crime that differs
depending on what state it is committed in. In Florida, any property stolen
that values more than $300 is considered grand theft.
This is a crime of stealing something by force by coercion of fear. There
are different degrees of robbery, such as armed robbery and aggravated robbery.
This is the most common type of theft crime, and involves stealing an
item or items from a retail store.
At our Fort Lauderdale defense firm, we handle all charges for all types
of theft crimes, including those charged in both state and federal courts.
From matters of petty shoplifting to burglary and grand theft, we have
the insider knowledge to defend your rights both in and out of the courtroom.
With over 45 years of combined experience, we understand the nature of
your charges and the laws that can be used to build a strong defense case
If you are convicted of a theft crime like carjacking, you may face penalties
such as jail or prison time, community service, restitution, probation
and more. The prosecution will utilize key factors in your case, such
as the value of the property involved and the manner in which the offense
was committed, to try and raise your penalties to the fullest extent of
the law. When you hire our firm, we go to bat for you to ensure that the
evidence used against you is thoroughly investigated and challenged.