Petty / Grand Theft

Gainesville Petty Theft & Grand Theft AttorneyFlorida Theft Defense Lawyer

In Florida, both petty theft and grand theft are serious crimes. Petty theft is defined as taking another person’s property illegally and without their prior consent, when the value of the property is below $300. Grand theft is defined as the theft of money, labor or property that has a value over $300. Petty theft is often charged as a misdemeanor, while grand theft is charged as a felony.

If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a theft crime, then you need to hire an experienced lawyer immediately to protect yourself and your future.  Attorney Robert G. Whittel offers a free consultation to discuss your petty or grand theft charges and help determine what your best options are.

Penalties for Petty Theft & Grand Theft in Florida

1st Degree Grand Theft: (Property stolen valued at $100,000 or more.) Up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

2nd Degree Grand Theft: (Property stolen valued between $20,000 and $99,999.) Up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

3rd Degree Grand Theft: (Property stolen valued between $300 and $19,999.) Up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine. A charge of third degree grand theft also applies if the property taken is a firearm, motor vehicle, commercially farmed animal, fire extinguisher or any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000 or more pieces, a stop sign, construction sign, or anhydrous ammonia.

1st Degree Petty Theft: (Property stolen valued between $100 and $299.) Up to 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine.

2nd Degree Petty Theft: (Property stolen valued at less than $100 or not specified in any other theft statute.) Up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Whether you made a mistake, or are being unfairly charged, Attorney Robert G. Whittel can help. Mr. Whittel is an experienced Florida lawyer and understands how to challenge and defend all charges of petty and grand theft. He will evaluate the facts of your case, and offer you the best defense options and suggestions for your petty or grand theft case.

Accused of a petty or grand theft in Florida? Contact us today!