The state of Florida includes many different crimes under the term “theft”: Larceny, stealing, misappropriation, conversion and other illegal activities. Florida divides charges of theft into two different categories: Petit theft, and grand theft. Of the two charges, petit theft is less serious—it means that the state will prosecute the crime as a misdemeanor. Grand theft, however, is much more serious. In a grand theft, the state has decided to prosecute the theft as a felony.
Juveniles can find themselves in serious trouble for crimes that may seem minor. In Florida, the property value threshold for grand theft, for example, is only $300, which means shoplifting even just a couple clothing items could set your child up for grand theft charges.
Grand theft isn’t just about stealing cars. While automobiles are common property stolen in grand theft cases, grand theft is defined by the value of the property. There are plenty of items worth large amounts of money that could lead to grand theft charges if stolen. And the penalties can be harsh.