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Attorney for Grand Theft in Tampa, FL

If you were arrested for Grand Theft in Hillsborough County, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A. to discuss your case. Grand theft is a felony offense often known as grand larceny in other jurisdictions. The degree of the charge depends on the value of the property taken. Grand theft can be charged as a first degree felony, a second degree felony or a third degree felony.

The classification of the crime depends on the value of the property stolen or, in some cases, the type of property taken. For a first offense, the prosecutor might consider dropping the charges after all of the restitution is paid. In other cases for a first charge of theft, the case can be put into a diversion program (called the pre-trial intervention program) where the charges are dropped after the completion of community service and other conditions.

In more serious cases, the prosecutor might seek a "conviction" so that the record can never be sealed or expunged. In the most serious cases, the prosecutor will seek jail or prison time, especially for anyone with a prior record. The most serious theft cases involve a theft from a business, religious organization or charitable organization.  We represent clients charged with felony theft crimes.

We also represent clients for related crimes such as fraud, scheme to defraud, or dealing in stolen property. Call 813-250-0500 to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney about the facts of your case today.


Penalties for Grand Theft Crimes in Florida

Under Florida law, the degree of the charge and the penalties involved depend on the value of the item taken. So the main difference between petty theft which is charged as a misdemeanor and grand theft which is charged as a felony is just the value of the property taken.

In some case, the degree of the crime and the punishment to be imposed depends on the type of property stolen or the surrounding circumstances. Additionally, a petit theft charge can be upgrade to felony petit theft if the person has at least two prior convictions for theft offenses.


Grand Theft in the Third Degree in Florida

If the value of the property stolen is more than $300 but less than $20,000.00, then the offense will be classified as a Grand Theft in the Third Degree. Under Florida law, Third Degree Felony grand theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years in Florida State Prison and a $5,000.00 fine.

Even if the value of the property is less than $300, the offense may still be a third degree felony if the item stolen is:

  • a gun, rifle, or firearm;
  • a motor vehicle;
  • a fire extinguisher;
  • a stop sign or another type of traffic control device;
  • any controlled substance as defined in s. 893.02;
  • anhydrous ammonia;
  • a commercially farmed animal (including any animal of the equine, bovine, or swine class or other grazing animal; a bee colony of a registered beekeeper; and aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility). A minimum mandatory fine of $10,000 will be imposed if the property stolen is aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility.
  • any property taken from a designated construction site identified by the posting of a sign as provided for in s. 810.09(2)(d); or
  • 2,000 or more individual pieces of citrus fruit.

Grand Theft of the Third Degree in Florida is classified as a third degree felony with a maximum statutory penalty of up to five (5) years in prison or five (5) years on probation and/or a fine of $5,000.00.


Grand Theft in the Second Degree

If the value of the property stolen is more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.00, then the offense will be classified as a Grand Theft in the Second Degree. Under Florida law, Second Degree Felony grand theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in Florida State Prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.00.

Even if the value of the property is less than $20,00, the offense may still be a second degree felony if the item stolen is:

  • Law enforcement equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in s. 316.003;
  • Emergency medical equipment, valued at $300 or more, that is taken from a facility licensed under chapter 395 or from an aircraft or vehicle permitted under chapter 401; or
  • Cargo valued at less than $50,000 that has entered the stream of interstate or intrastate commerce from the shipper’s loading platform to the consignee’s receiving dock;

Grand Theft of the Second Degree in Florida is classified as a second degree felony with a maximum statutory penalty of up to fifteen (15) years in prison or fifteen (15) years on probation and/or a fine of $10,000.


Grand Theft in the First Degree

If the value of the property stolen is $100,000 or more, then the offense will be classified as a Grand Theft in the First Degree. Under Florida law, First Degree Felony grand theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years in Florida State Prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.00.

Even if the value of the property is less than $100,00, the offense may still be a first degree felony if the item stolen is:

  • If the offender commits any grand theft and in the course of committing the offense the offender:
    • uses a motor vehicle as an instrumentality to assist in committing the offense and thereby damages the real property of another; or
    • causes damage to the real or personal property of another in excess of $1,000.
  • a semitrailer that was deployed by a law enforcement officer; or
  • cargo valued at $50,000 or more that has entered the stream of interstate or intrastate commerce from the shipper’s loading platform to the consignee’s receiving dock.

Grand Theft of the First Degree in Florida is classified as a first degree felony with a maximum statutory penalty of up to thirty (30) years in prison or thirty (30) years on probation and/or a fine of $10,000.


Additional Resources

Florida Statutes for Grand Theft - Visit the website for the Florida Legislature to read the entire statutory scheme for grand theft. Find Title XLVI in Chapter 812 for theft, robbery and related crimes. Theft is charged under Section 812.014.


Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney for Grand Theft Charges in Tampa, FL

If you were charged with grand theft in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, then call an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., to discuss your case. We work hard to protect you against a serious criminal allegation of felony theft. This criminal of dishonesty comes with serious direct and collateral consequences that can last a lifetime.

We represent clients for a wide variety of misdemeanor and felony theft cases throughout Tampa and Plant City in Hillsborough County, Clearwater and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Lakeland and Bartow in Polk County, New Port Richey and Dade City in Pasco County, and Bradenton in Manatee County, FL. Call us at 813-250-0500 to discuss your case today.

This article on grand theft in Florida was updated on Sunday, Janurary 10, 2016.