Under Florida Statutes, theft involves knowingly or purposefully taking another's property in an unlawful manner and without their consent or foreknowledge. While there are many different types of theft crimes in Florida, one of the most common is grand theft. Grand theft can be a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, or even a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. It can be something as simple as retail theft (shoplifting) or part of a sophisticated fraudulent scheme.
Not only does grand theft require proof of intent to steal, but the fair market value of the property allegedly stolen must meet the minimum statutory criteria. In Florida, that amount is $300. Having a qualified and aggressive Miami grand theft attorney to examine the evidence against you can help as you seek to build a solid defense.
Our South Florida criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A. is available 24 hours a day to help you begin this legal process if you have found yourself accused of grand theft in Miami.
Different degrees of grand theft are based on the value of the property that was taken.
Grand theft penalties in Miami-Dade and Broward can range from Pretrial Intervention (PTI) all that way to state prison time. It's important to discuss your options with a South Florida theft crime attorney as soon as possible.
Having a strong defense strategy is absolutely essential when dealing with any form of theft. With a theft crime lawyer who is not only knowledgeable regarding the law, but is also creative in coming up with effective defense tactics, you may have a better chance of protecting your freedom and future. Sometimes it may be possible to prove involuntary intoxication or coercion as an element of the situation. If evidence is lacking in the prosecution's case, then a qualified lawyer may be able to pinpoint it and discover reason to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
One defense in particular may not get the charges completely wiped out, but it may reduce the offense to a lesser penalty. It involves showing proof that the property that was stolen did not pass the $300 amount that makes it a grand theft offense. There may have been a miscalculation or an overestimation of the value of the product stolen.
An assertive South Florida theft crime lawyer may also be able to prove a lack of criminal intent. It is a requirement of the law to show in grand theft cases that the person intentionally and willfully wanted to deprive another person of their money or property. When an attorney can show that the person thought the property was theirs or that they had permission to take it, they may be able to reduce the charges or have them cleared, depending on the circumstance.
No matter what the charges that you have been faced with, it is always a good idea to speak with a Miami grand theft attorney to better understand how to best fight against these allegations. As a former prosecutor, South Florida criminal defense attorney Eric Matheny is more than capable at handling all types of theft crimes throughout Florida. He has a vast understanding of how the other side of the criminal justice system works, as he has been on the other side of the courtroom. With this experience, he is more easily able to identify holes in the prosecution's case.
If you or your loved one is facing charges for grand theft, call (888) 900-0365 for an immediate free case evaluation.
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