West Palm Beach Theft Crime Attorney
A criminal charge of theft might seem to some a minor thing. However, the repercussions even for petty theft are real and can negatively affect the accused and his or her loved ones. A person may be charged with theft if he or she takes another's property for his or her own use or to give to someone else.
Stealing with the intent to return an item is not an adequate defense. However, the prosecution must have certain evidence to prove that a theft was committed. This is where our knowledge plays a key role in the defense of the accused and protect his or her rights. We will investigate circumstances surrounding a case, learn what evidence the prosecution may have, and prepare a strong defense based on your unique circumstances.
Call our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers at (561) 721-0552 to request a free initial consultation.
What Are the Penalties?
In South Florida, theft charges and penalties can vary greatly, depending on the items taken and the value of those items. If you or someone you care about has been arrested for grand theft or petty theft, it is vital that you contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the accused.
For petty theft, the value of what is taken would be worth between $100 and $300. If the things taken are worth over $300, this is considered grand theft, a felony, and the penalties are much more severe. There are exceptions to this basic rule depending on what has been taken.
Depending on the charge, misdemeanor thefts can result in penalties including:
- Incarceration in jail for up to 1 year
- Fine of up to $1,000
Grand theft can be a 3rd-degree felony, which is a maximum of 5 years in prison; A 2nd-degree felony, which is a maximum of 15 years in prison; or a 1st-degree felony, which is 30 years in prison.
Since most employers perform background checks before hiring employees, having a criminal record, even for a theft arrest, can make it difficult to find a job, continue your education or get a loan. With skilled representation from Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A., you may be able to avoid serious charges.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.