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Grand Theft Explained And The Defense A Grand Theft Attorney Can Build

Grand Theft Explained And The Defense A Grand Theft Attorney Can Build

Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 17-Feb-2016

In the state of Florida, the crime of Grand Theft is a felony and is met with severe penalties including several years in prison even at the lowest level of grand theft. Let’s take a closer look at what grand theft is, how it is specifically penalized, and how a grand theft lawyer can help you develop a solid defense against these charges.

Grand theft charges are accusing a defendant of “knowingly and unlawfully” obtaining or attempting to obtain or use the property that belongs to somebody else, with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the victim of that property. Intent is crucial in these cases since it must be demonstrable that the defendant indeed had the intent to steal. Also very important to keep in mind that in Florida, the value of the property in question only has to be valued at $300 or more.

Grand Theft charges are classified into three categories: first, second, and third degree. These classifications are based on the value of the property stolen or attempted to be stolen and the penalties vary as the degrees move closer to the first. Here’s a simple look at how the degrees correlate to their penalties:

  • Third degree: Up to 5 years of prison or probation, and up to $5,000 fine.
  • Second degree: Up to 15 years of prison or probation, and up to $10,000 fine.
  • First degree: Up to 30 years in prison and a maximum of $10,000 fine.

A qualified grand theft attorney, like the ones in the Miami-based law firm of Parks & Braxton, can help you develop a solid defense against these charges and protect you from these life-altering penalties. They will help you understand your rights and how to protect them using some or all of the following defenses:

  • Lack of Intent
  • Obtaining or Using for Lawful Purpose
  • Defendant Acted out of Necessity or Duress
  • Consent
  • Mistake of Fact

To learn more about how to protect yourself against grand theft charges, contact a grand theft lawyer at Parks & Braxton PA today for a free consultation, at (888) 460-7383.

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