Florida Statute 812.014

The State of Florida decidedly values property and businesses, and as a result, theft crimes are often prosecuted.  However, despite how prevalent theft prosecutions are, there are still some misconceptions or unknowns about theft in Florida.  For instance, you may be unaware that the value where petit theft becomes grand theft (a felony) is only $300.  Here’s a few more things you may not have known about theft in Florida:

  • You don’t have to actually steal anything to be charged with theft. The Florida statute says that “[a] person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently.”
    • As noted above, the taking can be temporary…borrowing without permission is theft.
  • If, in the commission of a grand theft, a person cause over $1000 in damage to real or personal property, the grand theft is automatically bumped up to a first degree felony.
  • Theft of any of the following is automatically a felony:
    • firearm
    • stop sign
    • fire extinguisher
    • will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument
    • motor vehicle
    • any commercially farmed animal, including horses, cows, pigs, or other grazing animal; a bee colony of a registered beekeeper
    • any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit
    • materials taken from a designated construction site identified by a sign
  • Petit theft of property from a dwelling is automatically a felony. In other words, if you steal from someone’s house, the value of the property taken doesn’t matter.
  • A person who commits petit theft and who has previously been convicted of any theft commits a first-degree misdemeanor.
  • A person who commits petit theft and who has previously been convicted two or more times of any theft commits a felony of the third degree. — 3 strikes and it’s a felony.

Criminal defense attorney David S. Cronin has represented thousands of clients in cases ranging from misdemeanor assault to major felony offenses. David Cronin has been practicing law throughout Florida for two decades – working directly with people who are facing harsh penalties for mistakes they wish they could undo.

Hire an attorney who understands your situation and will fight not only to reduce your penalties, but also to uphold your rights. 

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