By contacting an attorney as soon as an accusation or incident occurs, that attorney can contact the State Attorney's Office and speak with the prosecutor to try and have the charges dropped before a warrant is ever obtained. An experienced Tampa criminal defense lawyer at Taracks & Associates can help guide you through the legal process during your criminal case and ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
If you have been accused of any kind of theft offense, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible so you can discuss your options prior to the State Attorney's Office making a filing decision. Florida law has various degrees of theft charges with a range of penalties. Theft crimes include: petit theft, burglary, employee theft, obtaining property for a worthless check, dealing in stolen property, giving false information to a pawnbroker, uttering a forged instrument, and scheming to defraud.
Regardless of whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, any theft crime is considered a "crime of dishonesty." Once convicted of any crime of dishonesty, that conviction can be damaging to your reputation, it can affect your ability to obtain a job, it can appear on a background check, or it can be used against you when you testify in a court of law. Even if you are not convicted of a theft crime, your name may appear in a national database used by employers when they conduct background checks for open positions. In addition, once you are convicted of a theft crime, if you are ever convicted again, the charges may be enhanced due to your prior conviction.
It is extremely important to contact an attorney to best assess your case and situation to produce the best outcome in court. If you or someone you know is facing a theft charge, or any misdemeanor or felony charge, contact an attorney at Taracks & Associates to schedule a consultation and see what we can do to help drop or reduce your charges.
The penalties for the crime of Petit Theft or Shoplifting depend on the value of the items taken.
Similar to petit theft crimes, the penalties for Grand Theft depend on the value of the items taken