If you have been arrested in the Orlando area in violation of 812.014 for petit theft and you are searching for attorneys who are competent and committed to your defense, contact Finebloom & Haenel at 407-218-6277. Our attorneys are available by phone 24/7 for a free evaluation of your case.
To prove a petit theft charge, the State of Florida must show that you knowingly obtained or used someone else’s property and that while doing so you:
- intended to deprive the owner of a right or benefit of their property or
- that you intended to appropriate the property for your own, or for someone other than the owner.
- The value of the property is less than $300.
If the State charges the petit theft as a first offense, it is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
If the State charges the petit theft as a second offense of more, it is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
If you have a history of petit thefts, and the State accuses you of having two or more theft charges in the past, the State can charge you with a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Petit theft is a crime of dishonesty. This means it can affect job applications and some types of housing and professional licenses. It can also result in a suspension of your driver’s license.
Do not delay!! Although a petit theft charge sounds like no big deal, it can have significant consequences. Protect your rights!! Call Finebloom & Haenel at 407-218-6277 today!