Theft Crimes in Florida

The most recent Broward County crime statistics show that the value of stolen property can reach numbers that are upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2015, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported more than $160,000,000 worth of stolen property in Broward County alone, of which only 0.31 percent was recovered.

Theft crimes in Florida may describe a wide array of crimes, from burglary to dealing in stolen property, or embezzlement. Regardless of which crime, theft is taken very seriously. Penalties tend to include high fines and lengthy prison sentences.

Attorney for Theft Crimes in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft in Broward County, Florida, it is imperative that you retain an attorney who has years of experience fighting for the rights of criminal defendants.

Our firm will defend clients who are charged with multiple kinds of theft crimes. The Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Bacchus & Navarro Law Group –Criminal Division has handled grand theft, petit theft, burglary, and even theft crimes involving the Federal government, such as federal white-collar crime.

With offices located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse, our attorneys accept cases in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Hendry County in Florida.

For more information on how to defend criminal charges that were filed in Miami, LaBelle, West Palm Beach, or East Naples, contact the attorneys at  Bacchus & Navarro Law Group.

Call (954) 500-5555 to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with one of our attorneys.


Broward County Theft Crimes Information Center


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Crimes of Dishonesty

In Florida, theft crimes are considered crimes of dishonesty. Being convicted of a theft crime could negatively affect your ability to get a job, receive a loan, or apply for certain professional licenses.

Even if you were not convicted, having the theft charge can sometimes affect your other opportunities. Moreover, theft penalties accumulate based on the number of times a person is convicted of theft.

Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about the various kinds of theft charges in Florida.


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Theft Under Florida Statute § 812.014

Theft is charged under Florida Statute § 812.014. In these circumstances, the level of the offense that is charged is based on the value of the stolen property.

Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Being charged under Florida Statute Section 812.014, however, is not the only way to be charged with theft.

The elements of theft under F.S. § 812.014 include the following:

  1. that the defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained, used, or endeavored to obtain or use the allegedly stolen property;
  2. the defendant did so with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently
    1. deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or any benefit from it; or
    2. appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of another person not entitled to it;
  3. that the property stolen was valued at the requisite amount for the alleged crime.

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Theft Crimes in Florida

Sometimes, theft involves acts other than simply taking items from a store. Theft crimes can be elaborate schemes to defraud or involve serious violent offenses in addition to the property taking.

Common theft crimes in Florida include the following:

  • Burglary - § 810.02
  • Shoplifting - § 812.014
  • Embezzlement - § 812.081
  • Grand Theft - § 812.014
  • Petit Theft - § 812.014
  • Robbery - § 812.013
  • Scheme to Defraud - § 817.034
  • Dealing in Stolen Property - § 812.019

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Additional Resources

Fla. Stat. § 812.014 – Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for the full statutory language of the general Florida theft statute. The theft statute serves as the primary law for charging most theft crimes or crimes of dishonesty under Florida law. The Statute covers crimes like a scheme to defraud, shoplifting, grand theft, just to name a few. 

Florida Crimes Statistics – Visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for more information on the latest statistics on theft in Broward County, Florida and other surrounding counties like Miami-Dade County. The website includes other information on the statistics of robbery, violent crimes like manslaughter and the increase or decrease in crime percentages by the district.


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Find an Attorney for Theft Crimes in Broward County, Florida

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, talk to a criminal defense attorney who has years of experience and who will fight for your best defense.

Our firm will defend clients who are charged multiple kinds of theft crimes with the goal of getting their charges dismissed. The Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Bacchus & Navarro Law Group –Criminal Division has handled robbery, burglary, and schemes to defraud.

Bacchus & Navarro Law Group is also located minutes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and our attorneys defend theft crimes involving the Federal government, such as social security fraud.

With offices located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse, our attorneys accept cases in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Hendry County in Florida.

For more information on how to defend criminal charges in Miami, LaBelle, West Palm Beach, or East Naples, contact the attorneys at  Bacchus & Navarro Law Group.

Call (954) 500-5555 to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with one of our attorneys.

This article was last updated on April 12, 2017.

 


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