Theft is defined as knowingly obtaining or using the property of another with the intent to either temporarily or permanently the person of the property. A theft is considered a Grand Theft if the theft is of property equal to or greater than $300, or if it is the theft of a vehicle or a firearm or controlled substance.
It is classified as a third degree felony punishable by up to Five years in Florida State Prison. If the property stolen is worth between $20,000 and $100,000 or law enforcement or emergency medical equipment, it is charged as a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison. A first degree Grand Theft is charged when the property stolen is worth more than $100,000, punishable by up to 30 years in Florida State Prison.
The crime of Grand Theft belongs to a special category of crimes that are considered “crimes of dishonesty.” Should an individual convicted of Grand Theft apply for a job in the future, prospective employers conducting a background check will likely see that the individual has committed a crime of dishonesty. This can make it difficult when applying for a job, a place to live, or even register for school. What is more, in any future legal dispute, whether civil or criminal, an individual’s prior conviction for a crime of dishonesty will be considered relevant as to that individual’s credibility and veracity.
Do not try to face these charges alone. Call 954-740-0502 to contact Attorney Jason Seidman for a free consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case, and to formulate the course of action that will end in the best possible result for you.