Lakeland Theft Criminal Defense Attorney
Lakeland Theft Criminal Defense Lawyer, RICARDO ALVAREZ provides professional Theft Crime Defense and other Criminal Defense Attorney legal Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, Highlands County, Hardee County, Hillsborough County, Osceola County, Orange County, and the Central Florida Area.
Call 863.709.0808 about your Theft Criminal Defense legal needs in Lakeland Polk County, and Central Florida.
In the State of Florida, there are two types of Criminal Theft:
- Grand Theft: According to Florida Statute 812.014, the offense of grand theft occurs when a person knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, and/or appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property. In order to be charged as grand theft the value of the property or assets must be greater than $300.00.
- Petit Theft: According to Florida Statute 812.014, theft occurs when an individual knowingly and intentionally obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use the property of another with the intent of either temporarily or permanently depriving the rightful owner of the property to posses, use or benefit from the property. It is also considered theft if the individual who illegally confiscated the property did so to appropriate the property for their own personal or commercial, or the use and benefit of any other unauthorized person or persons. Petit Theft involves property or assets less than $300.00 in value.
In order for the prosecution to obtain a conviction for a theft crime, proof of a taking with the intent to steal must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If your defense attorney can show that you had a good faith belief in the right to the property it may warrant the charges to be dropped or dismissed. Additionally, the value of the property must meet the value standards of at least $300.00 at the time the property was allegedly stolen for a grand theft conviction.
The value of that which was allegedly taken must be what the value was the day it was allegedly taken, not the retail price the alleged victim paid when he or she originally purchased the items in question.
If you have been charged with a theft crime, you need an attorney on your side who is knowledgeable of the law, experienced at trial, and able to negotiate for you from a position of strength. Call our law office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 863.709.0808, or by using our online case evaluation form.
We stand ready to aggressively represent you, and answer all of your questions. An aggressive defense of your case in the early stages could lead to the charges against you being dismissed or reduced.
THEFT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY SERVING LAKELAND, WINTER HAVEN, BARTOW, POLK COUNTY, AND CENTRAL FLORIDA
Contact Ricardo Alvarez today at 863.709.0808
RICARDO ALVAREZ, P.A.
Attorney, Ricardo Alvarez - Lakeland, FL Lawyer | 863.709.0808