Orlando Defense Attorneys For Petit Theft Charges

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“Petit” means small, but if you have been arrested for petit theft, it is no small matter. If convicted of the charge, you could face jail time and a permanent criminal record. Rather than thinking this problem will go away on its own or thinking that you may not face serious penalties, speak with a defense lawyerwho can protect your rights, your freedom and your future.

At The Umansky Law Firm in Orlando, we help people throughout Central Florida who are facing charges of petit theft. We make your defense a top priority and analyze all evidence pertaining to the charge. We have been successful in helping many clients by challenging evidence and obtaining reduced or dismissed charges. To schedule a free consultation now, call us at 407-228-3838.

Definition Of Petit Theft In Florida

Florida Statute 812.014 defines petit theft as any theft of property that is worth less than $300 and would not otherwise be classified as grand theft. Examples of items that are worth less than $300 but would be considered grand theft include traffic signs, fire extinguishers and firearms. There are two degrees of petit theft, with a small deviation in dollar amounts between petit theft and grand theft:

  • First-degree petit theft: property valued at less than $300 but $100 or more
  • Second-degree petit theft: property valued at less than $100
  • Grand theft: property valued above $300

We Can Help You Avoid The Penalties For Petty Theft

First-degree petit theft is handled as a first-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Second-degree petit theft is handled as a second-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500.

In addition to the above penalties, you will have a criminal record, making it more difficult to obtain employment or credit. If you are seen as a thief, you will be treated as a thief. Our law firm strives to make sure that does not happen to you. We can develop a solid defense strategy on your behalf and explore alternatives as well. First-time offenders may be eligible to participate in a pre-trial diversion program. Successful completion of the program results in a dismissal of the charges.

We Are Here To Make A Difference In Your Life. Contact Us Now For A Free Consultation.

We are former Florida prosecutors with extensive knowledge of both sides of criminal law. While we cannot guarantee an outcome for your criminal matter, we can dedicate ourselves to obtaining the best possible outcome on your behalf. Arrange your free consultation with one of our Orlando theft attorneys. Call us at 407-228-3838 or contact us online.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed


Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication


Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped


Reduced to reckless driving

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Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

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Case Dismissed

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