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Florida Warrant for Larceny

Many clients contact us because they discovery that they have an outstanding warrant for "larceny" in in Florida. You can find information about the warrant on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) website. The FDLE will code the warrant as "larceny" if the underlying charge are for grand theft or other felony theft related offenses. The FDLE warrant results will also show the reporting agency where a police report can be obtained or the county in which the warrant was issued so that more information can be found on the clerk of court website in that county.

Most of these warrants are issued in connection with a criminal investigation but after a person has moved out of county, when a person has fled the state to avoid being pickup up on the warrant, when a person was originally arrested on the warrant but then failed to appear at a court date or for trial, or after violating probation.

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, represent clients on warrants issued throughout the Tampa Bay area including Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Polk County, Manatee County, or Sarasota County. Many of these warrants are extremely old. In fact, we have represented clients on warrants that are more than 30 years old.

After we are retained, we can sometimes obtain a copy of the entire file from the agency that originally investigated the case, the state attorney's office, or the clerk of court. Then we can talk with you about possible defenses to the charges.

In some cases, we can get the prosecutor to agree to a resolution that might involve the charges being dropped if restitution is paid. In other cases, you must surrender on the warrant before the best resolution can be reached. But the attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm can figure out the best options and help you fight to resolve the case on the best possible terms.


The Statute of Limitations for Larceny in Florida

Especially for old warrants, many people ask us if the statute of limitations applies. In most cases it does not because the statute of limitations prevents prosecutions when there is a delay in investigating the case and issuing a warrant. But once the warrant is issued and an attempt is made to serve the warrant (even if unsuccessful) then the time periods for the statute of limitation are tolled until the warrant is tolled.

The statue of limitations for larceny in Florida generally depends on the type of larceny that has been committed. It is generally between three and five years. Additionally, Florida can choose to toll the statute of limitations during the time the defendant is living out of state or out of the country and the warrant can not be served within the state of Florida.

Also, the right to a speedy trial does not apply in these cases because your right to a speedy trial is usually not triggered until you are arrested on the larceny charge.


Holds Between Counties for Larceny Warrants

If you are picked up out of county on the warrant then you might be held on a transfer or pick up order until you are brought back to the county where the warrant originated. For instance, if your felony larceny warrant was issued in Hillsborough County by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office but you are picked up in Pasco County, then you can be held in that county until you are brought back to the jail in Hillsborough County, FL.


Extradition for Larceny Warrants back to the State of Florida

For many felony larceny warrants, the State of Florida will extradite a person arrested out of state on the warrant. The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, are experienced in fighting extradition cases.

Call us to find out possible ways the case might be resolved before you are extradited. Avoiding the extradition back to Florida is the goal in many of these cases especially if the evidence is weak or the warrant is particularly old or the case involves a violation of probation and you can come into compliance with the outstanding terms of probation.


Types of Felony Larceny Charges in Florida

In Florida, charges involving larceny are incorporated within theft laws. Larceny is one way of proving a theft offense. Other types of theft offenses include: conversion, stealing, misappropriation, or fraud.

Most larceny type charges are prosecuted as either misdemeanor petit theft or felony grand theft. In most cases, the deciding factors between felony or misdemeanor charges is the value of the property.

If the property is valued at less than $100, then the offense is classified as a 2nd degree misdemeanor; If the property is valued at $100-300 then the offense is classified as a first degree misdemeanor; If the property is valued at $300 to $20,000 then the offense is classified as a third degree felony; If the property is valued at $20,000 to $100,000 then the property is classified as a first degree felony.

Some types of property are classified a certain way regardless of the actual fair market value of the property such as vehicles and firearms.


Attorney for Larceny Warrant in Tampa, FL

If you just found out that you have an outstanding warrant for Larceny in Tampa, Hillsborough County or the surrounding counties throughout the the greater Tampa Bay area, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A. We represent clients in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Polk County, Manatee County and Sarasota County, FL.

Call us today at 813-250-0500 to discuss your case.


This article was last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016.