Boca Raton FL Grand Theft Defense Lawyers
WITH OFFICES IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
The criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with a wide variety of theft and fraud offenses, such as grand theft, petit theft, and credit card fraud, in jurisdictions including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Highland Beach.
Notably, the firm’s managing partner, Jay Arnesen, has acquired a great deal of knowledge regarding these types of offenses due to his service as a former police officer. His previous experience providing the state with the necessary evidence to prosecute defendants facing theft and fraud charges has endowed him with exceptional insight into the components of a successful defense strategy. Mr. Arnesen now employs this knowledge to better serve his clients who have been charged with these offenses.
With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, the lawyers at Arnesen Law are readily available for their clients, whom they successfully represent in courts throughout South Florida. Contact their offices anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your case.
“As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq.
Grand Theft – Florida Statutes Section 812.014
Grand theft charges are detailed in Chapter 812, Section 14 of the Florida Statutes, which addresses all theft crimes, including those for petit theft. Grand theft offenses are considered the more serious of the two types of theft crimes and thus, are punishable by more severe penalties.
Chapter 812, Section 14 sets forth:
(1) A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently:
(a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.
(b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
1. If the property stolen is valued at $100,000 or more or is a semitrailer that was deployed by a law enforcement officer; or
2. If the property stolen is cargo valued at $50,000 or more that has entered the stream of interstate or intrastate commerce from the shipper’s loading platform to the consignee’s receiving dock; or
3. If the offender commits any grand theft and:
a. In the course of committing the offense the offender uses a motor vehicle as an instrumentality, other than merely as a getaway vehicle, to assist in committing the offense and thereby damages the real property of another; or
b. In the course of committing the offense the offender causes damage to the real or personal property of another in excess of $1,000, the offender commits grand theft in the first degree, punishable as a felony of the first degree, as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(b) 1. If the property stolen is valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000;
2. The property stolen is cargo valued at less than $50,000 that has entered the stream of interstate or intrastate commerce from the shipper’s loading platform to the consignee’s receiving dock;
3. The property stolen is emergency medical equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from a facility licensed under chapter 395 or from an aircraft or vehicle permitted under chapter 401; or
4. The property stolen is law enforcement equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in s. 316.003, the offender commits grand theft in the second degree, punishable as a felony of the second degree, as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(c) It is grand theft of the third degree and a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the property stolen is:
1. Valued at $300 or more, but less than $5,000.
2. Valued at $5,000 or more, but less than $10,000.
3. Valued at $10,000 or more, but less than $20,000.
4. A will, codicil, or other testamentary instrument.
5. A firearm.
6. A motor vehicle, except as provided in paragraph (a).
7. Any commercially farmed animal, including any animal of the equine, bovine, or swine class or other grazing animal; a bee colony of a registered beekeeper; and aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility. If the property stolen is aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility, then a $10,000 fine shall be imposed.
8. Any fire extinguisher.
9. Any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces of fruit.
10. Taken from a designated construction site identified by the posting of a sign as provided for in s. 810.09(2)(d).
11. Any stop sign.
12. Anhydrous ammonia.
13. Any amount of a controlled substance as defined in s. 893.02. Notwithstanding any other law, separate judgments and sentences for theft of a controlled substance under this subparagraph and for any applicable possession of controlled substance offense under s. 893.13 or trafficking in controlled substance offense under s. 893.135 may be imposed when all such offenses involve the same amount or amounts of a controlled substance.
(d) It is grand theft of the third degree and a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the property stolen is valued at $100 or more, but less than $300, and is taken from a dwelling as defined in s. 810.011(2) or from the unenclosed curtilage of a dwelling pursuant to s. 810.09(1).
Grand Theft – Potential Penalties
First Degree Grand Theft: maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and fines not to exceed $10,000
Second Degree Grand Theft: maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation, and fines not to exceed $10,000
Third Degree Grand Theft: maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and fines not to exceed $5,000
Contact Our Palm Beach County Grand Theft Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been charged with grand theft in South Florida, find the help you need by contacting the criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law. Our lawyers are always available to provide free legal consultations. Call us today about your case at 561-419-9630.