Theft Crimes in Florida
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According to Florida law, theft is considered an act where a person knowingly
obtains or uses the property of another with the intent to – either
temporarily or permanently – deprive the other individual access
to their belongings or to wrongfully use the property for their own advantage.
The severity of the charge depends on the value of the stolen property.
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Classifications & Penalties of Florida Theft Charges
Florida law distinguishes theft crimes as either petit or grand theft.
The value of the stolen property typically determines the severity of
Second-degree petit theft involves stole property valued below $100. It
is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 60 days and a fine of up to $500.
First-degree petit theft involves stolen property valued between $100 and
$299 and punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine
of up to $1,000. A second conviction results in a third-degree felony,
which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine
of up to $5,000.
Third-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued between $300 and
$19,999 or the property taken is a motor vehicle, a firearm, a fire extinguisher,
a commercially farmed animal, or any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000
or more individual pieces. This crime is punishable by a maximum jail
sentence of five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
Second-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued between $20,000
and $99,999. It is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years
and a fine of up to $10,000.
First-degree grand theft involves stolen property valued at $100,000 or
more. It is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a
fine of up to $10,000.
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