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Theft Offenses:

Pensacola Theft Defense Attorney Chris L. Rabby, can help defend you or your loved one from theft charges. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Chris Rabby has defended a range of very serious theft offenses, from investigation through trial.  For a Theft lawyer, this inside knowledge is of critical importance in weakening the prosecution’s case and can benefit your defense.

A Theft as defined in Chapter 812 of the Florida Statutes is:
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.
Appropriate the property to his or her own use or someone  not entitled to the use of the property.

Grand theft is a distinct term that essentially sets the degree of punishment based upon the worth of the assets that are stolen. Any object
taken that has a value of more than $300 can be generally considered grand theft, and the classification of this offense is a felony in the
third degree, punishable by up to five years in prison.  Sentences can increase depending on the amount in question.

When the value of the stolen property does not surpass the indicated dollar amount, the offense is considered petit theft.
Petit theft is a misdemeanor crime that results in maximum fine obligations and is punishable by no more than one year of incarceration. Florida can, however enhance a petit theft to be a felony if there are repeat offenses.

1st Degree Grand Theft:
If the stolen item(s) are valued at $100,000 plus, is a 1st degree felony,
punishable by maximum punishment of thirty years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

2nd Degree Grand Theft
If the stolen property/items are valued between $20,000 and $99,999, it is a felony of the 2nd degree,
punishable by maximum penalty of fifteen year’s in prison and fines up to $10, 000.

3rd Degree Grand Theft
If the value is between $300 and $19,999, it is a 3rd degree felony, grand theft, which is a 3rd degree felony.
It is also a felony of the 3rd Degree to steal:
Commercially farmed animals,
Fire extinguishers,
2,000 or more pieces of fruit,
Wills and trusts
Stop signs and construction signs, or
Anhydrous ammonia.
A 3rd degree felony is punishable by a maximum of 5 years jail time and a $5,000 fine.

The Rabby Law Firm can defend you against various theft offenses, including:
Shoplifting/ Retail / Petit theft
White Collar / Fraud Grand Theft (value over $300)
Felony Theft (two prior theft convictions)
Auto Theft
Worthless checks
“Dine and dash” or gas drive-off
Defrauding an Innkeeper
Theft by embezzlement or fraud

Time is of the essence. You have three weeks time between when you are arrested and when the State Attorney’s office makes a decision to file a criminal charge against you. Hiring an attorney immediately to negotiate on your behalf gives you the best chance of avoiding criminal charges. Hire Chris Rabby and let us fight for you. Act now to consult with an attorney and find out how to best protect your rights and future opportunities.

A person charged with theft crimes may face:
Jail time
Criminal fines (in addition to a separate civil penalty sought from the victim)
Restitution payments
Shoplifters awareness counseling
Substance-abuse treatment (in some cases)
Random drug testing
Community service
Prohibition from having your record sealed or expunged

Contact Christopher L. Rabby, P.A. at our Pensacola, Florida law firm to speak with us today.
Your freedom is your priority — and ours.

Call us at 850-437-9410 or contact us online now!