What is the Difference between Petty Theft and Grand Theft in Florida?
The seriousness of a theft crime generally depends on the value of stolen goods. Whenever possible, experienced theft defense attorneys in Jacksonville, FL employ defense strategies to have authorities reduce felony charges to misdemeanors.
Florida Statute 812.014 Theft outlines the difference between petit theft (petty theft) and grand theft in Florida. Generally, stealing property valued at more than $100 but less than $300 is petty theft, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. Third-degree misdemeanor penalties are imprisonment for up to one year and a $1,000 fine. The exception is stealing property valued between $100 and less than $300 from a dwelling, which increases the charge to third-degree grand theft. Third-degree grand theft is a third-degree felony, carrying imprisonment up to five years and a $5,000 fine. However, if it is committed by a habitual felony offender, the sentence can go up to 10 years. In general, stolen property valued at more than $300 is grand theft.
When theft involves weapons charges in Jacksonville, if the theft is a felony, the felony theft charge automatically increases one level under Florida’s 10-20-Life Law. The 10-20-Life charges are extremely serious, and subject to mandatory penalties of many more years in prison than felony theft that does not involve weapons possession.
Robert Shafer & Associates can explain the charges you face and the best approach to defend your case. Attorneys at our firm have more than 80 years of combined legal experience and work diligently to defend our clients’ rights in criminal cases.