The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Grand Theft – F.S. 812.014
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It is imperative that you understand all of your legal options before you begin a trial for Grand Theft, because there are so many defenses and various punishments. The convictions and punishments for a grand theft charge largely depend on the worth of the objects allegedly stolen.
A person is charged with First degree Grand Theft when the property is worth $100k and above. This is a First Degree Felony, which comes with a maximum 30 years in prison, and up to $10k in fines.
When the property is worth between $20k and $99,999, the charge is second degree grand theft. Second degree grand theft is a second degree felony, which is a maximum 15 years in prison and up to $10k in fines.
If stolen items are worth between $300 and $19,999, the charge is third degree grand theft. This is a third degree felony, and also is added if the stolen property is a firearm, automobile, and various other items. The sentence for a third degree felony is -5 year jail sentence and $5k fine.
As mentioned above, there are various defenses to a grand theft charge, it is possible to get the necessary help in order to maintain your current lifestyle.
Is grand theft always a felony?
Because of the high value of the property allegedly stolen, grand theft is always a felony charge. There are also varying levels of the felony charge, depending on the value, what the property stolen is, and many other variables.
Are there any defenses to a grand theft charge?
It must be proven that you had an intent to take something that you knew belonged to someone else, and you had not rights to it. Also, it must be proven that you did not have consent from the owner of the property to take or use the property or object. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to learn all of your options.
I don’t think the object that was allegedly taken was worth what the owner said it was, can I fight it?
The value of the item is given by the market value of the item at the time that it was stolen; the value of the item when it was bought has no impact on the trial. For example, if the item was $1,000 when it was purchased, and at the time of the alleged theft its market value was $500, then the property is deemed worth $500.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Grand Theft in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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