Crestview Theft Lawyer
All criminal offenses carry with them significant penalties that can affect a person for the remainder of his or her life, and theft offenses are no exception. Theft crimes can result in serious punishments, including fines, decades of prison time, and a mark on your permanent record that will follow you even after all other punishments have been served. Because of the nature of theft offenses, a conviction can brand you as a dishonest person in the eyes of others, making it difficult for you to secure housing, employment, or even educational opportunities.
At Flaherty Defense Firm, our team of Crestview theft attorneys is dedicated to doing absolutely everything possible to keep a theft conviction off your record and to help you avoid the devastating criminal penalties that could follow you for the rest of your life. For more than 14 years, our team has done nothing but defend individuals facing criminal charges, and we know exactly what it takes to defend against a variety of theft offenses.
What Counts as “Theft” in Crestview
According to Florida Statute 812.014, there are two main elements that must be proven in any case in order for a person to be convicted of theft. First, the state must show that an individual “knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another.” Secondly, the state must prove that the person also intended to “either temporarily or permanently: (a) deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, or (b) appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.”
Depending on the value of the items that were allegedly stolen, individuals charged with theft could face either misdemeanor or felony charges.
Common Theft Charges
At Flaherty Defense Firm, we have experience helping people charged with a variety of theft offenses—including both felony and misdemeanor charges—and we are ready to help Crestview residents, visitors, military members, and anyone else aggressively fight any of the following charges:
Dealing in Stolen Property – Dealing in Stolen Property is the charge given to those individuals who authorities believe are knowingly selling stolen property, or who should have known that the goods they were trafficking were stolen.
Shoplifting – Also known as “Retail Theft,” Shoplifting is one of the most common charges issued in Okaloosa County, and is usually charged as a misdemeanor offense.
Burglary – An individual will be charged with Burglary if they are suspected of entering a conveyance, dwelling, or structure with the intention of committing a criminal offense in that location. Most burglary charges are classified as second- or third-degree offenses.
Grand Theft – When a person is accused of the theft of property that is worth $300 or more, they will be charged with Grand Theft, or Grand Larceny. Depending on the value of goods in question, individuals will face either a first-, second-, or third-degree felony charge.
Possible Penalties for Theft
As indicated above, theft charges will vary in severity based on 1) the specific criminal charge that an individual is accused of, and 2) the value of the property they are accused of unlawfully taking. In most cases, misdemeanor theft charges can result in sentences of:
- 1 year of probation, plus related fines and court costs
- 60 days to 1 year in jail
For felony charges, potential punishments increase in severity. Individuals facing first-degree felony charges face:
- Up to 30 years in prison
Individuals charged with a second-degree felony could face:
- Up to 15 years in prison
- Fines as high as $10,000
Individuals who are accused of a third-degree felony face potential penalties of:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Fines as high as $5,000
In addition to these potential penalties, individuals convicted on theft offenses could also face civil penalties, payment of restitution to the victim, and having their name published in a local newspaper. As such, it is essential that you do everything that you can to defend yourself against charges of theft.
Get the Experienced Help You Need from a Crestview Theft Attorney Today
The consequences of a theft conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, making it essential for you to enlist an experienced, dedicated criminal defense lawyer to help you fight the charges that have been filed against you. At a time like this, you cannot leave your future in the hands of an over-worked public defender; you need an aggressive team that has handled cases just like yours doing everything they can to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future. At Flaherty Defense Firm, we are prepared to do just that.
For the help you need if you have been accused of any theft offense, contact our Crestview criminal lawyers at (850) 398-8098. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.