Theft Crime Defense in Miami
Miami Criminal Lawyer Defending Robbery, Burglary & Shoplifting
Theft is a common crime in Florida. Even though it is fairly common doesn't mean that the justice system treats it lightly. It is just the opposite. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors and the courts take theft seriously and the penalties for being convicted can be severe. Going through life with a criminal record can be an impediment to reaching goals and realizing one's full potential. What should you do if you are under investigation for a theft crime or you have been arrested and charged? A Miami criminal defense attorney can explain the charges against you, your rights, the consequences of being convicted or pleading guilty and the various options which are open to you.
Theft Crime Penalties
According to the Florida Statutes §812.014 (2011), theft crimes are divided into petit theft and grand theft. Petit (petty) theft is the illegal taking of the property of another valued at no more than $300. Grand theft involves stolen property valued at more than $300. The consequences of being convicted can include jail or prison time, fines, probation, court ordered treatment, restitution and a criminal record. Theft offenses include crimes such as
armed robbery, embezzlement,
shoplifting, carjacking, identity theft,
possession of or
trafficking in stolen property and others.
When facing criminal accusations in a theft crime, you are up against professionals who handle criminal prosecution on a daily basis. Your best chance to avoid having a criminal record rests on being aggressively defended by a skilled theft defense lawyer. Since theft is considered a crime of dishonesty, a conviction can prevent you from having a career which requires a bond or a professional license. Many employers now run background checks on prospective employees in order to an applicant has a clean record. A resourceful criminal defense lawyer will carefully consider the unique circumstances of your case while helping you to formulate an aggressive defense strategy.
Contact the Miami firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with Attorney Tomas!