Grand Theft Attorney in Tampa, FL
Grand theft may seem like a simple criminal charge, but its simplicity is deceptive. In fact it is a multi-layered offense with penalties that vary depending on the type of theft and the value of the allegedly stolen property. Penalties are serious and can include prison time, so you should obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any statements or decisions regarding your case.
If you or a loved one are facing grand theft charges in the in Tampa, FL, area, call Armando Edmiston, an experienced in Tampa, FL grand theft lawyer, today.
Grand Theft in Tampa, FL: Theft Generally
Broadly speaking, it is theft in Florida to obtain or use another person’s property with intent to deprive the person of it. It is also theft to obtain or use another person’s property with intent to appropriate it for your personal use or the use of a third person who is not entitled to it. Theft is divided into two types based on the amount and type stolen: grand, the more serious type, and petit. Each of these types is further divided into degrees of severity.
Third-Degree Grand Theft in Tampa, FL
Theft of property valued at $300 or more is grand theft in Florida, while theft of anything less is considered petit theft, with one exception: Theft of anything valued at between $100 and $300 from a dwelling is considered third-degree grand theft. It is also third-degree grand theft to steal any of the following: property valued at between $300 and $20,000, a will or other testamentary document, a firearm, an automobile (known as grand theft auto), livestock, a fire extinguisher, 2,000 or more pieces of citrus, property from a construction site, a stop sign, anhydrous ammonia, or any amount of a controlled substance. Third-degree grand theft is a third-degree felony punishable by as many as five years in prison. But if the property is looted in a county that is subject to a declared state of state of emergency and the property is valued at between $5,000 and $20,000, this becomes a second-degree felony punishable by as many as 15 years in prison.
Second-Degree Grand Theft in Tampa, FL
The label second-degree grand theft applies to any theft of property valued at between $20,000 and $100,000. It also applies to stolen shipping cargo valued at less than $50,000, stolen emergency medical equipment valued at $300 or more and stolen law enforcement equipment valued at $300 or more. Second-degree grand theft is a second-degree felony punishable by as many as 15 years in prison.
But if the property is looted in a county subject to a state of emergency, it is a first-degree felony with a maximum penalty of 30 years. Theft of shipping cargo, medical equipment or law enforcement equipment comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 21 months in prison.
First-Degree Grand Theft in Tampa, FL
First-degree grand theft includes the theft of property valued at $100,000 or more, the theft of police semitrailers and the theft of $50,000 or more worth of shipping cargo. It also covers any act of grand theft during which an offender damages another person’s real property by using an automobile as part of the crime; for example, driving through a storefront window in order to loot the store. An offender who causes any property damage valued at more than $1,000 during a grand theft has also committed first-degree grand theft. This crime is a first-degree felony and is punishable by a maximum of 30 years. Theft of $50,000 or more worth of shipping cargo comes with a minimum sentence of nearly three years. A minimum sentence of 21 months applies to other acts of first-degree grand theft.