Aggressive Defense in Theft Crime Cases
Lakeland & Polk County Defense You can Trust
Have you been accused of stealing? Maybe you were wandering through a store
when a law enforcement officer accused you of taking an item. Maybe you
were accused of stealing from a friend or stealing an expensive item such
as a vehicle. If you are facing theft crime prosecution, it is imperative
that you hire a skilled lawyer to help you with your case. At Colón
& McNelis, PA, we are committed to fighting for your freedom. We have
36 years of combined experience in criminal trial cases and have tried
more than 500 cases collectively.
Theft Crime Categories
In Florida, a person can be accused of three different types of thefts:
Petty theft charges are reserved for people who steal items that are worth
less than $300. The state also refers to this as petit theft. Defendants
can be charged with petit theft in the first degree, which means that
the value of the items is more than $100 but less than $300.
People also can be charged with petit theft in the second degree, which
means that the item was worth less than $100. Conviction for petit theft
can result in up to one year in jail.
The crime of grand theft is defined as taking property that is worth more
than $300. Florida courts impose different penalties for grand theft depending
on the value of the items taken. For example, first-degree theft can result
in up to 21 months in prison and involves stealing items worth more than $100,000.
Robbery is intentionally and unlawfully taking money or property from
another person through use of force, violence, assault, or threat. In
Florida, this is often referred to as strong-arm robbery. People convicted
of robbery can face up to 15 years in prison and 15 years on probation,
as well as $10,000 in fines.
Misunderstandings in Theft Crime Cases
Oftentimes, theft crime accusations are the result of a misunderstanding.
Our skilled attorneys understand how to investigate your case and develop
a strong defense for you.
One of the common defenses for theft crimes is false accusation. A store
owner may believe that you are "suspicious" and, as a result,
accuse you of taking something that you did not steal. Another example
is if a friend gave you the keys to his or her car and later forgot and
accused you of stealing.
Unintentionality & Misidentification Defenses
An additional common defense in theft cases is
unintentionality. For example, if you accidentally try on sunglasses at a store in the
mall and walk away with them on your head without realizing you forgot
to put them back, then this is considered unintentional theft.
misidentification is a common theft crime defense. For example, you may be accused of stealing
a large item because the police think you resemble the defendant on the
video surveillance footage. You may need to argue for your innocence and
prove that you were not the suspect who is shown on the footage or who
witnesses are describing.
If you want more information, then you need to contact an attorney at the
firm right away. With our firm on your side, you can fight for satisfactory
results. Call a
criminal defense attorney in Polk County today!