Florida Theft Defense Lawyer Representing Cases from Shoplifting to Fraud
Accused of a theft charge? Call our law office in Orlando at (407)228-3838 to schedule a free case review with our theft defense attorneys.
The seriousness of a theft charge depends upon the value of the item you are accused of taking. Theft of something worth less than $100 is petit theft, a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to sixty days in jail or $500.00 fine. If the item stolen is over $100 but less than $300.00 the charge is a first degree misdemeanor and can be punishable up to a year in a jail and a $1,000 fine. Theft of something worth $300 or more is grand theft, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Burglary charges can carry similar penalties, but there are several additional factors that must be considered.
At The Umansky Law Firm, we are here not only to protect you from fines and jail time, but also to protect your future. The most serious consequence of a theft conviction is the damage it can do to your reputation. Even a misdemeanor theft conviction or theft citation would result in a permanent criminal record that would follow you around for the rest of your life.
The Effect of a Theft Conviction on Your Career
Most employers ask job applicants if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. If the answer is "Yes," most employers would have a problem with hiring you. For certain jobs which are licensed, a clear record may be a requirement.
Keeping Your Record as Clear as Possible
If you are a first-time offender, our Orlando theft lawyers can often resolve theft charges without a conviction and in many cases get the case dropped. You may have to perform community service, provide restitution, and complete a probationary period. As long as you do not receive a conviction, our lawyers can seal your record. If you get the case dropped you may be able to expunge (or clear) your record. If your record is expunged, you can answer "No" in most circumstances if you are asked whether you have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
If you are charged with felony theft, our theft lawyers may be able to negotiate a reduction to misdemeanor theft charges. We can also try to persuade the victim to drop charges in exchange for restitution.
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To schedule a free initial consultation with an Orlando theft attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us through this website or call (407) 228-3838.
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