Jacksonville Theft Crime Lawyer
Passionate Representation for Criminal Charges
Under Florida law, burglary is defined as a property crime whereby one enters a premises with an intent to commit unlawful activities. Theft is defined as unlawfully taking another’s property. At Scott Monroe Law, our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers can investigate the incident and use the facts to build your case. We can tenaciously defend your rights in court.
Call us today at (904) 474-3115 for a free consultation.
Theft may include a variety of property crimes such as larceny, conversion, misappropriation, and stealing.
Penalties for theft and burglary convictions in Florida include:
- Prison time
- Hefty fines
- Life in prison for first-degree felony burglary charges
In order to reach a conviction for a theft charge, the prosecution must prove that the defendant took the property willfully and with the intention to deprive the owner of that property or to use it for his or her own purposes. The team at Scott Monroe Law can gather evidence and use various defense strategies, such as claims of involuntary intoxication and the good faith belief or consent of the property owner, to seek a positive solution.
Understanding Florida Theft Classifications
Florida classifies theft according to the value of the items involved and the charges range from petty to grand theft. Second-degree petty theft involves property valued at less than $100 and carries penalties of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, while first-degree petty theft involves property with a value between $100 and $299 and carries penalties of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Third-degree grand theft involves property that includes motor vehicles, firearms, fire extinguishers, commercially farmed animals, construction or stop signs, or anhydrous ammonia, and it also includes property that is valued between $300 and $19,999. A conviction under this classification results in 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Second-degree grand theft involves property that is valued between $20,000 and $99,999 and carries penalties of 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. First-degree grand theft, the most severe classification, involves property valued at $100,000 or more and carries penalties of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The Jacksonville theft defense attorneys at Scott Monroe Law can work hard to build a solid defense for your case and represent you in court against a variety of theft charges.
Experienced Legal Help for Burglary Charges
In order to prove a burglary charge, the prosecution must provide evidence that the defendant entered the premises with the intent to commit a crime. Our team can work to build a defense that may involve proving that you did not have any intent to commit a crime, that the property was open to the public at the time of the incident, or that the owner gave consent for you to enter the property. With our knowledgeable Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers, you can get the legal assistance you need to defend your rights in court and seek a beneficial outcome.
If you've been arrested, call us at (904) 474-3115. We can take your calls 24 hours a day, and they are always free and unrecorded!