Orlando Theft and Shoplifting Defense Lawyer

Orlando Theft Lawyer

There is no question that theft-related charges in Florida can have serious consequences. In order to defend yourself from a theft or shoplifting conviction, you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the legal aspects and the personal impact these charges may have on your life. At The Umansky Law Firm, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience defending all types of theft cases and can guide you through this difficult time in your life.

If you have been charged with theft, shoplifting, fraud, forgery or any type of criminal offense in Orlando, our theft attorneys can provide the aggressive defense you need. As former prosecutors on the state and local level, we have experience on both sides of the courtroom and can stay one step ahead of the prosecutor from beginning to end.

At The Umansky Law Firm, we handle all types of theft and fraud cases in the Central Florida area, with an emphasis on shoplifting charges. Contact us today.

Felony & Misdemeanor Theft Charges

Under Florida Statute § 812.014, theft of property, goods, or services is classified as a felony or misdemeanor in Florida and is based on the value of the stolen property. Our criminal defense attorneys represent central Florida clients charged with these theft-related offenses:

Penalties for Theft in Florida

The consequences for a theft or shoplifting conviction may include:

  • Mandatory fines and costs
  • Probation and community service
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Possible jail time
  • Loss of college scholarships
  • Public humiliation
  • Career stress or loss of job
  • Loss of professional licenses

Crimes of dishonesty can affect your employment in any job. Theft and fraud convictions could result in loss of professional or occupational licenses and loss of college scholarships. Believe it or not, if you are convicted of a theft offense, the judge can and usually will suspend your driver’s license.

We often find that clients accused of theft and white collar crimes are good people who have had lapses in judgment. Perhaps you are a housewife, college student or tourist. We always do our best to resolve these matters quickly and efficiently by using creative strategies. If you are a first-time theft offender, you may be eligible for a diversion or intervention program which can result in your charges getting dropped or dismissed.

Defending Theft and Shoplifting Charges

When charged with a theft crime there are many different defense strategies that an attorney may use. For example, you may never have intended to steal the item in the first place and an experienced attorney will work to make sure the prosecutor cannot prove the offense was committed intentionally.

Example of a Recent Case We Defended:

We represented a client after she was caught shoplifting from a retail store in Orlando. Our client had never been in trouble before, but the prosecutor was trying to charge her with scheme to defraud which is a felony in Florida. Instead, our attorneys were able to convince the prosecutor to charge her only with a misdemeanor and instead of jail or probation we persuaded the prosecutor to put our client in a first offender program. Now all our client must do is complete the program and the State of Florida will drop the charges against her.

Contact Our Orlando Theft Attorneys Now For Help

If you have been charged with felony or misdemeanor theft, shoplifting or burglary, our theft lawyers can represent your interests in a Florida court of law. Get in touch with our firm anytime, day or night, for a free consultation. Contact us online or call The Umansky Law Firm at 407-228-3838 now to schedule your free case review. Attorneys William Umansky and Zahra Umansky with The Umansky Law Firm are former prosecutors and active members of the Central Florida  Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They can use their criminal defense expertise to help lessen or even dismiss criminal theft charges.

We Will Review Your Theft Case for Free

At The Umansky Law Firm, we do more than a free consultation! We ask you to call or come in for a case review. Our lawyers will meet with you, review your documents and explain what defenses you may have and answer whatever questions you ask. After, we will use our special strategy planning tool, where we begin to start planning a resolution to your case. You will also receive our free guide on how to navigate through the court system, which can be very confusing for most folks.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

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


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Charges dropped

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Charges dropped


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Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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