Polk County Theft Defense Attorneys
A theft conviction will leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. Don’t let one mistake shadow you for life. Contact the Kaylor Law Group, one of Polk County’s leading criminal defense firms. Our lawyers will build solid, effective defenses against your theft charges and fight to protect your future.
Defense Against Theft Crimes
In Florida, the consequences for a theft conviction vary based on the type of offense, the circumstances and value of the property involved. However, one thing holds true: if convicted, your freedom and your future will be compromised. Common theft offenses include:
- Shoplifting, also known as “retail theft”
- Petit theft
- Grand theft
- Dealing in stolen property
- Possession of stolen property
- False verification of ownership to a pawnbroker
Petit theft is a misdemeanor offense that is charged when the value of the stolen goods is less than $750. If convicted, you may be sentenced to up to one year in jail and subject to fines up to $1,000. You may also be subject to community service, house arrest and probation.
When stolen property is valued at more than $750, grand theft charges may result. Grand theft is a felony. Punishments depend on the value of the goods stolen — the higher the value of the property, the harsher the consequences. If convicted, you face up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
Theft offenses that involve force against a person, or were committed with a weapon, may carry enhanced penalties.
Former Prosecutors Working On Your Side
As former prosecutors, Matthew Kaylor, David S. Kaylor and Brenda P. Ramirez know how the prosecution thinks. They use this inside knowledge to build strong defenses the government cannot ignore. Common defense strategies include:
- Ownership — You cannot steal property you own or co-own with another.
- Good faith — Proving you believed you had permission to possess the property
- Lack of intent — Showing you did not intend to misappropriate the property
- Property value — Establishing the property is valueless or worth less than claimed can eliminate or reduce your charges