Theft Charges Get Expunged

Attorney William Umansky represented a young lady from Mexico who was arrested for petit theft for allegedly stealing items such as a keychain from Walt Disney World. After her case was dropped, Attorney Umansky was able to Petition the Court and expunge the client’s theft charge. The court ordered the Orange County sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies as well as the clerk’s office to destroy the client’s criminal arrest history. This is important for retaining the purity of one’s record and avoiding any problems that may arise in the future when it comes to renting a home, applying for a job, and many other necessities in life.

If you’re caught stealing from Walt Disney World or any other theme park or business in Florida, our Orlando theft lawyers will represent your case. If you’re from another state or country and you’re caught stealing, you could be facing a case with charges you may not know. Not knowing about a charge, and then having a warrant or arrest issued without your knowledge can be a very scary and troubling situation. The Umansky Law Firm has tourist lawyers that will aggressively defend your rights. Call us at (407) 228-3838. We have represented hundreds of clients in many different unique theft situations. Our attorneys have handled everything ranging from burglary of a vehicle or dwelling, petit theft, shoplifting, and many different forms of fraud. No case is too big or small for our Orlando theft lawyers.

Orlando Retail Theft

Retail theft, also known as shoplifting, is one of those offenses for which the consequences vastly outweigh the harm done by the action. If you steal something in Florida that is worth less than $300, you commit petit theft. The fine you may face if you are convicted and sentenced for the offense can reach hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Retail theft and shoplifting is the act of taking property that belongs to a retail establishment with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property. Stealing items worth less than $100 constitutes petit theft of the second degree. This is the lowest level theft offense in Florida.

When a person steals merchandise valued at $100 to up to (but not including) $300, that person commits petit theft of the first degree, a first-degree misdemeanor crime. This offense is punishable by a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

In addition to immediate penalties, those who are convicted of a theft crime — which is considered a “crime of dishonesty” — may face secondary consequences such as:

  • Reduced job opportunities
  • Loss of a professional or medical license
  • Reduced options for housing
  • Damaged reputation

Every time you apply for a job after you have been convicted of theft you need to disclose that you have been convicted of a crime. It doesn’t take long for a prospective employer to discover that you engaged in theft, which makes it nearly impossible to be trusted. Don’t allow a theft charge to ruin your reputation. Call our attorneys today to get started on your defense for petit theft in Orlando.