Criminal Defense in Your Neck of the Woods
Petit (Petty) theft is a misdemeanor crime in Florida when an individual knowingly obtains or uses the property of another with intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive another person of their property. If the value of the property is $100 or more but less than $300 the offender commits petit theft of the first degree which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. If the value of the property is less than $100 the offender commits petit theft of the second degree which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $500.
Often, petit theft is difficult for the Office of the State Attorney to prove as they must show beyond all reasonable doubt that the person acquired the property with intent to steal. That said, with the proper assistance by a lawyer a person may also be accepted into The Pre-Trial Diversion Program where upon completion The State will dismiss the charges.
Contact Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, Ryan Yadav, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, for a free consultation if you have been charged, accused, or are under investigation for theft.