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What Can I Expect from Petit Theft Charges?

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to understand the possible consequences that you may be facing. While violent offenses such as robbery or aggravated battery carry heavy penalties, being charged with a misdemeanor offense such as petit theft is also very serious.

What Constitutes Petit Theft?

According to FSS 812.014, a person can be charged for committing theft if they knowingly obtain or use the property of another party. They must have the intent to:
(a) Deprive the other person of property or deprive them of a benefit of their property
(b) Take property for their own use
Petit theft is a specific category of theft that is based on the value of the items that were stolen. Specifically, theft of property valued at less than $100 is known as petit theft of the second degree. If the crime involves property valued at $100 or more, but less than $750, then it constitutes petit theft in the first degree.
The value amount is a cumulative figure. For example, if 12 items were stolen and they have a cumulative value of $600, then a first-degree misdemeanor has been committed.

What Are the Penalties for Petit Theft?

The possible penalties for petit theft will depend on the level of the offense. A second-degree misdemeanor carries a lighter penalty. It is punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail. You may also have to pay a $500 fine, depending on the court’s ruling.
A first-degree petit theft charge may include up to one year in county jail. The fine is increased to $1,000.
If you have been charged with petit theft, it is vital that you obtain skilled legal representation. The Shrader Law Firm will fight for your rights. We will seek to obtain a favorable resolution to your case. We may even be able to help you avoid a trial altogether and have your record cleared.
Contact us today for a free consultation.

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