Theft is the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property. In Florida, if found guilty of this action, there are two main types of theft a person could be charged with.
Depending on the worth of the item(s) stolen, a person can be charged with either petit theft or grand theft. Petit theft holds less severe punishments, as it is considered a misdemeanor. If a person is charged with grand theft, they will face a felony conviction, hefty fines and a long prison sentence.
To be charged with petit theft, a person must have stolen property with a total worth of up to $299.
There are two degrees of petit theft:
- Second Degree Petit Theft: The stolen property value does not exceed $100. The punishment for this is a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.
- First Degree Petit Theft: The stolen property value is between $100 - $299. The maximum punishment for this is $1,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail.
- If convicted of first-degree petit theft 2 times or more, a person will be charged with an elevated third-degree felony.
A charge of grand theft has the potential to severely impact a person’s life, depending on the severity of the crime.
There are three degrees of grand theft:
- Third Degree Grand Theft: The stolen property is valued between $300 - $19,000 or the property taken is a motor vehicle, farm animal, firearm, fire extinguisher, 2,000 or more pieces of fruit, anhydrous ammonia, or city-issued signs. The punishment is a $5,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail.
- Second Degree Grand Theft: The stolen property is valued between $20,000 - $99,999. The penalty for this is up to $10,000 in fines and 15 years in jail.
- First Degree Grand Theft: The stolen property is valued at $100,000 or more. The punishment is up to $10,000 in fines and 30 years in jail.
Theft of any kind is a serious offense that should be treated with the utmost care.
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