Grand Theft Charges in Destin
Being accused of a felony is scary enough. Being accused of a felony that brands you as a thief is even worse. If you were arrested in Destin for Grand Theft, it is important to take steps right away to protect your freedom and your future.
If you would like to know what steps to take to give you the best chance possible of a successful outcome, I can help. My name is Tim Flaherty. I have been defending local Destin residents, out of town visitors, and military personnel who have been accused of Grand Theft since 2001.
Levels and Penalties for Grand Theft in Destin
Grand Theft is a felony offense. The degree of felony is determined by the amount, or value, of the property that was taken. The maximum penalty ranges from 5 to 30 years in prison. Here are some example of Grand Theft:
- If the value of the property taken was over $300.00
- Theft from an elderly victim
- Theft from a home over $100.00
- Theft of a firearm
- Theft of a fire extinguisher
- Theft of a stop sign
- Theft of law enforcement equipment
Defending Grand Theft In Destin
In every felony case I defend, I have two goals: avoid a jail or prison sentence, and avoid a permanent felony conviction. The circumstances of your case, your prior history, and the evidence against you will dictate what strategy we decide will be most effective for your case. Rest assured, I have the experience to know how to adapt our strategies to meet the demands of your case.
One area I will look into is whether the State can prove the amount of the theft to “qualify” for felony status. Often times, the value is based on the victim’s subjective opinion and I will challenge that. I will insist that an independent estimate or appraisal be done to ensure that the criteria is met.
I will review any security camera footage that exists. Unless you were caught red-handed at the scene, the State will be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was you who committed the theft. I will not let them just assume this.
I will prepare your case for jury trial. It is important that the prosecutor know that your attorney is someone who is not afraid of the courtroom. Someone who has successfully defended clients at trial and knows how to try a case before a jury. You would be amazed how few attorneys actually possess this skill.
I will explore Pretrial Diversion as an option. In some situations, if our client agrees to pay restitution to the victim, the State will agree to send the case to Diversion. This means that if you complete the Diversion program, your case will be dismissed.
When we meet to talk about your case, we’ll review what options are best for your unique circumstances.
If possible, I will also discuss with you the possibility of sealing or expunging the record so that this incident doesn’t affect your future.
Call a Destin Grand Theft Attorney
If you have been accused of Grand Theft in Destin and you are worried about your future, you have come to the right place. Call me at (850) 243-6097 and let me take care of this for you.