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Gloria W. Fletcher, P.A.
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Gainesville, Florida 32607
 
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  Theft Crimes
As the economy continues to decline, theft crimes continue to increase. Florida is taking the new outbreak of crime seriously and enacting severe punishment if you are charged with theft. In fact, the Florida state legislature has enacted new laws and created harsher punishments to bring down the crime rate. Moreover, the crack down on crime may make it more difficult to adequately defend yourself in court. For this reason, you will need a strong legal defense that only one of our attorneys can provide. We will aggressively fight to get you acquitted with all charges and back to your life.

The following crimes are considered theft:
  • Burglary
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Grand Theft
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud or Staged Accidents
  • Mail Fraud
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
  • Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Racketeering
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Workers’ Compensation Fraud

The Difference between Misdemeanor and Felony Theft
When the crime involves property valued at $500 or less, the theft is considered a misdemeanor. If there is a second misdemeanor theft, there is a mandatory fine of $250. A third conviction may carry a jail sentence of 30 days or home confinement of up to 120 days.

A felony theft involves property valued over $500. In most cases, a conviction can come with a 1 to 10 year prison sentence. A second conviction could result in as much as 20 years in prison.

Crimes of Dishonesty
The Florida legislature created varying degrees of theft charges that each come with different maximum penalties. Any offense, whether it is a misdemeanor or grand theft, is considered a “crime of dishonesty.” In other words, no matter how small the crime, you may have to document it on job applications and background checks for the rest of your life.

Additionally, under the Florida Fingerprint Requirement Act, anyone found guilty of a small theft is required to have his or her fingerprints taken in court. After it is completed, it then becomes public record for anyone to see. If you have been charged with any type of theft, the time to act is now. Don’t wait another minute to start preparing your case. The difference between innocent and guilty could haunt you for the rest of your life. Don’t leave your defense to chance or attempt to win without the help of one of our trusted legal representatives.

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