Orlando Grand Theft Attorney
In Florida, grand theft is the most commonly charged felony theft offense and involves taking property worth more than $300 unlawfully while intending to either permanently or temporarily deprive the owner of that property. Defined under Florida Statute §812.014, grand theft is an offense that is treated very seriously by both law enforcement and prosecutors. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando theft defense lawyers understand the severe consequences those found guilty of this "crime of dishonesty" may face, not only in terms of criminal penalties, but in terms of damage to your reputation and career as well. We are dedicated to providing exceptional legal guidance and representation, always focusing on the best possible outcome.
Grand theft may be charged as first, second, or third degree depending on the value of the property and other factors. Because of the severity of the punishment if found guilty, it is critical you obtain the guidance of a skilled and capable grand theft attorney. It is vital that your constitutional rights are protected. Law enforcement officers cannot search you or your property/vehicle, or even stop or detain you without a legal reason or basis to do so. Police may have engaged in unlawful conduct, which could work to your advantage if evidence or statements are suppressed. If you were not read your Miranda rights or were unlawfully detained or searched, or if any statements you made may have been obtained by police illegally, these factors will likely work to help strengthen your defense.Defenses to Charges of Grand Theft in Florida
There are numerous effective defense strategies to charges of grand theft, depending on the facts of your case. Some of the most common defenses used by a qualified Orlando grand theft lawyer include:
- Consent - if you genuinely believed that the owner of the property gave his/her consent for you to take the property, consent may be a viable defense.
- Lack of Intent - a required element prosecutors must prove in a grand theft case, intent may be absent if you had a good faith belief that you either owned the property, or had a joint ownership/possessory interest in the property.
- Obtaining or using for lawful purpose - if you had a legal right or lawfully used or took property belonging to someone else, it may be an effective defense.
Prosecutors must prove certain elements of grand theft in order for the defendant to be found guilty. These elements include that the defendant attempted to obtain property of the alleged victim knowingly and illegally, and that he/she did so with the intent of depriving the owner or victim of his/her right to the property. Ultimately, your defense attorney will work to devise a solid defense which may include challenging the evidence and incorporating the fact that the prosecutor does not have compelling proof. How each case is defended varies due to the fact that the facts of each case are unique.Criminal Penalties for Grand Theft in Orlando & Central Florida
Criminal penalties are severe and depend on whether you have been found guilty of first, second, or third degree grand theft; a prior criminal conviction may also affect the punishment you incur.
First degree grand theft is the most serious charge, and involves the theft of property valued at $100,000 or more. Punishment includes a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Second degree grand theft involves property valued at between $20,000 and $100,000. Penalties include up to 15 years in prison, 15 years probation, and/or fines of up to $10,000.
Third degree grand theft involves theft of property valued at more than $300. Penalties include a maximum of five years in prison, five years probation, and fines of up to $5,000.
It is vital to avoid a conviction, as the penalties are extremely harsh. Ultimately, being found guilty of grand theft could negatively impact your career, reputation, even your marriage or other relationships.Contact Adams & Luka Now
Whether you have been arrested, charged, or are under investigation, it is critical to your future that you consult with a skilled and experienced Orlando grand theft attorney immediately. The sooner you consult with a lawyer, the quicker work can begin on your case. At Adams & Luka, we fight aggressively on behalf of our clients; protecting your future and freedom is what we do. Contact us now for a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.