Arrested for grand theft or petty theft? Unsure of what to do next? Let one of our experienced theft attorneys with The Umansky Law Firm review your theft case for free.
Following an arrest for any type of theft, including grand theft, petty theft, burglary or shoplifting, you may feel that your options are limited. That often leads to quick guilty pleas without legal representation. Securing the services of an attorney can start the process of negotiating a reduction to misdemeanor charges. It can also lead to a deal with the victim to provide restitution in exchange for dropping the charges.
What Is Grand Theft?
Grand theft is a type of theft charge that is filed when the value of the property stolen is of a certain amount. The charges can be varying degrees of felonies:
Third-degree felony grand theft:
- Items are between $300 and $20,000 in value
- Any firearm
- Any motor vehicle
- Facing jail time of up to five years and fines up to $5,000
Second-degree grand theft:
- Items are between $20,000 and $100,000 in value
- Facing jail time of up to 15 years and fines up to $10,000
First-degree grand theft:
- Items are more than $100,000 in value
- Facing jail time of up to 30 years and fines up to $10,000
Additional Consequences For A Grand Theft Conviction
- During interviews, many employers will ask prospective applicants if they were ever arrested or convicted of a crime. Answering "yes" could undermine your qualifications and interview performance. Certain jobs require licensure that mandates a clean criminal record.
More expensive items, more serious penalties:
- The more valuable the item you are accused of stealing, the more severe the criminal penalties. While some theft crimes are charged as misdemeanors, an arrest for theft of something over $300 is considered felony grand theft.
Impact on your entire future:
- The consequences of even a third degree grand theft conviction include up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. However, assigning a time or monetary amount to a damaged reputation is impossible. A once-thriving career could be at an end with a grand theft conviction on your record.
What Is Petty Theft?
Petty theft has a connotation of being "lesser" but don't let the name fool you. Petty theft charges can be pursued by the full extent of the law and end up having a huge impact on your future. Even if something was $5, you will get charged the same way as an item that was almost $100. If something looks easy to steal and you strongly believe you could get away with it, nothing is worth committing a crime for especially when the penalties and fines associated with petty theft could be life-altering.
Dealing With Petty Theft Charges
Jail time, fines and your life:
- Serious consequences result from a theft conviction, regardless of the value of the item supposedly stolen. While petty theft ranges from less than $100 to less than $300, the penalties include up to a up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 for a first-degree misdemeanor. In addition, the criminal record could prevent pursuit of employment or sideline a promising career.
First-offender programs and expungement:
- In many cases, a first-time offense can be resolved through community service, probation and restitution. In addition, avoiding future legal trouble could result in a sealing of your record or expungement of the criminal charge.
Employment in the future:
- Keeping your record clean is vital in a job search. Many employers will ask about a criminal record. Knowing that a theft charge or conviction is on your record forces you to answer "yes." While honest, your admission could lead to a rejection of your application, particularly if the position applied for involves a license.
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You need a dedicated theft defense attorney at The Umansky Law Firm to protect your rights, freedom and future. We have more than 60 years of combined experience handling all types of criminal defense and theft cases. Our firm offers clients a free case review so they can have the details of their case examined by one of our skilled lawyers, who can also begin structuring a defense with our strategy planning tool.
To schedule a free case review with an Orlando theft defense attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us online or call 407-228-3838.
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