The crime of grand theft is a felony offense, which carries significant criminal sanctions. A conviction for the most minor form of grand theft may result in imprisonment for up to five years, as well as a fine of $5,000. What is more, an individual convicted of grand theft becomes a convicted felon, and will consequently lose important civil rights, such as the right to vote and the right to possess firearms.
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The crime of grand theft belongs to a special category of crimes that are
considered “crimes of dishonesty.” A grand theft conviction
can affect your ability to apply for a job in the future, as future employers
will see your conviction during background checks. A conviction will also
affect any future legal disputes, marking your record as dishonest and
hindering your credibility and veracity.
Moreover, under Florida law, an individual is guilty of grand theft even if the person does not actually steal anything. For instance, if an individual merely attempts to deprive another person of property valued at $300 or above, even if only for a temporary period of time, the individual is guilty of grand theft under the law. This aspect of Florida law makes the crime of theft unique, in that there is no distinction between theft and attempted theft. Moreover, there is no distinction between an intent to steal property and an intent to borrow property without permission.
Under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code, all felonies are given
a severity ranking, which affects how the courts will punish individuals
convicted for felony offenses. The severity ranking of a grand theft of
property valued between $300 and $20,000 is dependent upon whether the
property is more than $300 but less than $5,000; $5,000 or more but less
than $10,000; or $10,000 or more but not more than $20,000. The more valuable
the property, the harsher the potential consequences.
The grand theft of property valued between $20,000 and $99,999.99 is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Grand theft is also punishable by up to 15 years in prison if the property taken is cargo valued at less than $50,000 and has already entered into the stream of commerce; or if the property is law enforcement equipment taken from an authorized emergency vehicle.
A grand theft of property valued at $100,000 or more is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000. What is more, should the State allege that any property was damaged in the course of committing a grand theft, in which the amount of damage was more than $1,000, the crime is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Similarly, if during the course of the grand theft, a motor vehicle is used as an instrumentality, other than as a getaway vehicle, and the motor vehicle causes damage to property, the crime is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Grand theft is also punishable by up to 30 years in prison if the property taken is a semitrailer deployed by law enforcement or is cargo valued at $50,000 or more and has entered the stream of commerce.
There are also various other forms of grand theft. For instance, the theft
of property valued at $100 or more, which is taken or endeavored to be
taken from a dwelling or the curtilage of a dwelling is a grand theft,
punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The theft of a farm animal or an
aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility is a grand
theft punishable by up to 5 years in prison. So too is the theft of a
motor vehicle, a stop sign, a firearm, a fire extinguisher, anhydrous
ammonia, or any amount of citrus fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual
pieces of fruit.
The law recognizes numerous theories of defense to the crime of grand theft. Weston criminal defense attorney Kevin F. Moot has handled hundreds of grand theft charges, and is well versed in the law pertaining to theft. When accused of grand theft, It is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Weston.
Call the Law Office of Kevin F. Moot at (954) 371-0770 now to schedule a free consultation to discuss how best to defend your case.