Grand Theft in Florida
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Grand theft occurs when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained, used, or endeavored to obtain or use property valued at $300 or more that belongs to another.
Grand theft is a specific intent crime, meaning the defendant’s act must occur at the same time as it is his conscious intent to commit the theft.
Penalties for Grand Theft in Florida
Grand theft is generally classified based upon the value of the property taken. A higher value and higher degree of theft will generally subject the accused to harsher penalties.
- Grand theft of the third degree is classified as a third degree felony with penalties of up to five (5) years in prison or five (5) years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
- Grand theft of the second degree is a second degree felony with penalties up to fifteen (15) years in prison or fifteen (15) years of probation, and a $10,000 fine.
- Grand theft of the first degree carries penalties of up to thirty (30) years in prison, and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Defenses to Grand Theft
There are many defenses available to a person charged with grand theft in Florida. Common defenses include: lack of intent, obtaining or using for lawful purposes, necessity, consent, and mistake.
Valuation of Stolen Property is Required to Prove Grand Theft
Proof of the element of value is essential to sustain a conviction for grand theft, and must be established by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt. Value may be determined by market value of the property at the time and place of the offense, or cost of replacement of the property within a reasonable time after the offense.
The original purchase price is a factor in establishing value at the time of the taking, but the item’s use, general condition, quality when purchased, and percentage of appreciation or depreciation since purchase must also be established.
Pretrial Intervention for Grand Theft
A grand theft charge is a very serious matter and not every case will have a viable defense.
Early Negotiation is Critical in a Grand Theft Defense in Florida
Early contact in the criminal process communicates competence, resolve, and establishes a rapport that may be needed during future negotiations.
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