Grand Theft in Okaloosa County
Grand Theft, commonly referred to as Grand Larceny, is the unlawful theft of property valued at $300 or more. All grand theft charges are felony offenses. If you have been accused of or grand theft in Okaloosa County, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097. Grand theft is a crime of dishonesty, so an allegation comes with serious implications for your future. When you need an aggressive grand theft attorney in Okaloosa County, Tim Flaherty is here to help you.
Grand Theft under Florida law
Grand theft is defined in Florida Statute 812.014 as: obtaining or endeavoring to obtain property from another person and depriving that person of their property. Grand theft is charged in degrees. The dollar amount of the alleged theft will dictate the degree and the potential sentence for the accusation. Florida Statute §812.014 breaks down grand theft as follows:
- Property valued at more than $300 but less than $20,000; a will, firearm, or motor vehicle is considered Third Degree Grand Theft
- Property valued at more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 is considered Second Degree Grand Theft
- Property valued at more than $100,000 is considered First Degree Grand Theft
I have been accused of grand theft in Okaloosa County, what do I do?
If someone is accusing you, but you haven’t been arrested yet for grand theft in Okaloosa County it is crucial that you contact an aggressive grand theft defense attorney immediately. If law enforcement wants to speak with you about a theft allegation, you can count on getting arrested in the near future. Speaking with law enforcement will NOT help your cause or keep you from an arrest. In many cases when law enforcement has identified a person of interest but lacks sufficient evidence to arrest someone, they attempt to encourage a confession. If law enforcement had enough to arrest you right now, they would. Speaking with law enforcement will only ensure that you give them the ammunition they need to arrest you for the theft charge.
If you are contacted by law enforcement, politely tell them that you will not discuss anything without your attorney present. Then, pick up the phone and call us, anytime day or night, at (850) 243-6097.
Can I get prison time for a grand larceny charge in Okaloosa County?
Anytime a person is facing a felony charge, the outcome could be a prison sentence. While prison is a possible outcome for a grand theft charge, it is not a sure thing. Right now you are facing an accusation, nothing more. An accusation is not a conviction and does not automatically mean you will be sent to prison. Depending on the degree of the theft, you can expect the following potential penalties:
Third Degree Grand Theft
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Up to a $5,000 fine
Second Degree Grand Theft
- Up to 15 years in prison
- Up to a $10,000 fine
First Degree Grand Theft
- Minimum prison sentence of 21 months
- Up to 30 years in prison
- Up to a $15,000 fine
With the stakes so high for grand theft cases, it is vital that you have an attorney on your side that knows the law and understands how to negotiate and win grand theft cases in Okaloosa County.
Are there any programs for first offenders charged with Grand Theft?
First time offenders have the possibility of having their case referred to a diversion program to help ensure no future criminal actions. If you are a first time offender and are accused of grand larceny, you have options. Not all first time offenders qualify for the diversion program and getting a diversion for even the most successful candidates can be extremely difficult. The State does not readily hand out free passes for felony offenses. Flaherty Defense Firm, however, has been successful in ensuring that their first time clients are able to receive a diversion, even in felony grand theft cases.
Defending grand theft charges in Okaloosa County
An arrest is an accusation, not a conviction. It is our job to make sure that it stays that way. Defending theft charges in Okaloosa County is not as hopeless as it may seem. Just because you may have doubts about your innocence or where to turn does not mean you deserve a lifelong conviction.
As with any felony case, you have the option to demand that the state provide all reports and accusations they have against you. As your Okaloosa County grand theft attorney, my team will sift through the police reports, prepare depositions for witnesses, and investigate the case. We ask the hard questions and demand answers for our clients. We are not afraid to go to trial and the State Attorney knows that. We will explore:
- Did the alleged victim own the property or was their joint ownership?
- Was the property located in a common place or accessible by others?
- What evidence does the State have to prove that the property was stolen?
- Were there witnesses?
- Did you have a legitimate right to the property?
- Did you have an intent to steal the property?
- Does the property hold any value?
- What is the value of the property?
- Is the property recoverable?
Contact an Okaloosa County Grand Theft Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with Grand Theft in Okaloosa County, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and give you the representation you deserve.