Allegations of theft are particularly serious, not only because of the legal ramifications, but also because of the harm such allegations cause to an individual’s reputation. The crime of petit theft belongs to a special category of crimes that are considered “crimes of dishonesty.”
Under Florida law, an individual is guilty of petit theft even if the person does not actually steal anything. For instance, if an individual merely attempts to deprive another person of property, even if only for a temporary period of time, the individual is guilty of Petit 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.
Regardless of the value of the property, the crime carries with it the potential to irrevocably harm an individual’s reputation in the community.
Weston criminal defense attorney Kevin F. Moot has handled hundreds of cases of petit theft and is well versed in the case law that governs the legal defenses to theft. It is imperative that individuals accused of theft seek legal representation from an attorney that will understand the issues that can make or break the State’s case.
Contact our Weston criminal defense lawyer now for a free consultation to discuss your potential defense.