Palm Beach Theft Attorney
Call 561.671.5995 for a review of your theft crime case.
Conviction of Petit Theft (Petty Theft) or Grand Theft
will have serious consequences on your future.
Types of Property Crimes
Florida has a high property crime rate compared to other states in the country. Throughout the state, these crimes are tried aggressively by prosecutors resulting in serious consequences for accused offenders. What many individuals don’t know is that property crimes, depending on the type of crime and value of the property involved can be considered either a misdemeanor or felony offense. The following are some of the more common types of property crimes:
- • Petit Theft, also known as Petty Theft
- • Retail Theft, also known as Shoplifting
- • Grand Theft
- • Grand Theft Motor Vehicle
Petit Theft Defense Attorney
Petit Theft is theft where stolen property is valued under $100 and the victim is not a merchant or retail store. This is typically a second-degree misdemeanor charge, however, if you have a prior conviction, this will increase the severity of charges and the level of punishment if convicted of this crime. Jail time and fines up to $500 are possible.
If the value of stolen property is over $100 but less than $300, it is a first-degree misdemeanor offense. If convicted, an offender faces up to 1 year in jail and possible fines of up to $1000.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I will put together the best defense strategy to have your case dismissed. If you are a first time offender, as your petit theft defense attorney I will help you qualify for a diversion program and have your case dismissed. Qualifying for these programs requires an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, PA can help.
What many people don’t know is that a conviction of shoplifting can have serious consequences and will remain on your record effecting your ability to obtain employment and damage your overall reputation.
If you have been accused of shoplifting, you will need the assistance of an aggressive Shoplifting Defense Attorney. Shoplifting is considered a misdemeanor or Petit Theft crime unless the value of the property involved is worth over $300. Once the value exceeds $300, it becomes a grand theft crime which is a felony charge.
As your shoplifting lawyer, I will construct the best possible defense to have your case dismissed or charges reduced. When possible, I will work towards having your records expunged or sealed. If you are a first time offender, I will seek to have you placed in a special diversion program.
Grand Theft Defense Attorney
Grand theft is a felony crime which can result in first-degree, second-degree or even third-degree charges. This is based on the value of the stolen property and other factors involved such as whether force was used, the type of property involved and the past history of the accused. Some key factors by type of felony charges are:
Third-Degree Felony Grand Theft
• Retail theft of $300 or more
• Theft of a motor vehicle (grand theft auto)
• Theft of property valued between $300-$20,000 in property value
Second-Degree Felony Property Crimes
• Retail theft with property valued over $3,000
• Grand theft of property valued between $20,000-$100,000
First-Degree Felony Grand Theft
• Grand theft of property valued at more than $100,000
• Arson, structure that is or could be occupied
• Armed burglary
If you have been charged with felony theft, you need to contact a grand theft defense attorney immediately. Conviction can range up to 5 years in jail for third degree charges, up to 15 years for second degree charges and up to 30 years for first degree charges. Your future is at stake. As an experienced grand theft lawyer, I can help you get your charges reduced or your cased dismissed. I will review the merits of your case and determine the best strategy..
Grand Theft Auto Lawyer
Grand Theft Auto under Florida Law, involves the theft of a motor vehicle without the use or threat of use of violence. When violence or the threat of violence is involved in the theft, it is treated as a carjacking which is a first degree felony charge. Grand Theft Auto is a third degree felony charge.
If you have been charged with grand theft auto you need an experienced grand theft auto defense attorney. Conviction in Florida can result in up to 5 years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. If this is your first offense, I may be able to help you qualify for a special program that may dismiss the case.
Call me now at 561.671.5995. I can review your case and provide you with possible defense strategies for your particular situation and help you avoid conviction and a permanent mark on your record.
Palm Beach Theft Attorney: The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, PA represent clients in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, including the communities of West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Rivera Beach, Singer Island, Tequesta, Wellington and Greenacres.