If you are suspected of committing a theft offense, you may have received a theft citation in central Florida. The citation is essentially a ticket, and while you may not necessarily get arrested or go to jail, you do face the same potential penalties as if you were arrested. Pleading guilty to the citation could be an admission of guilt and can result in penalties such as driver’s license suspension, fines, and probation. An Orlando petit theft lawyer from The Umansky Law Firm can contest your citation and fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf.
Florida Statute 812.014 defines petit theft as any theft of property that is worth less than $750 and would not otherwise be classified as grand theft. Examples of items that are worth less than $750 but would be considered grand theft include traffic signs, fire extinguishers, and firearms. There are two degrees of petit theft, with a small deviation in dollar amounts between petit theft and grand theft:
Do these scenarios sound familiar? We believe that you deserve a second chance for your mistake. We can take immediate action toward contesting the theft charge citation and minimizing consequences such as jail or prison, fines, and a crippling criminal record.
The level of the theft offense is determined by the monetary value of the stolen items. In general, stolen property valued at less than $750 is misdemeanor theft, while property valued at at least $750 is a grand theft felony.
No theft charge is too small or too large for our attorneys to handle. We have represented clients in Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Brevard County and throughout central Florida in a wide range of theft crimes. As most of us are former prosecutors, we know how the prosecution builds cases against people charged with this crime. While this does not guarantee a successful result, it does give us an advantage in reviewing your case and preparing for challenges in your defense. We are able to look closely at the facts of your particular case and tailor a defense strategy to achieve the desired outcome.
If you have been cited for a theft offense, talk to an Orlando petit theft lawyer at The Umansky Law Firm today. To schedule a free consultation, call us or contact us online.
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