Petit theft is a misdemeanor. Grand theft is a felony. The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the value of the property. The felony theft threshold is $750.00
What Is a Theft Threshold?
A theft threshold is the value of property stolen that increases the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony. For example, if a person takes an item worth $700.00 they can be charges with a misdemeanor. On the other hand, if a person takes an item worth $750.00 or more they can be charged with third-degree grand theft, which carries a prison sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to $5,000, and other consequences, such as the right to possess a firearm. A convicted felon can have difficulty getting a job and renting an apartment or home. Theft of goods worth less than $750.00 in Florida should not be classified as a felony.
A person will face felony theft charges only if the item is worth $750.00 or more. If a person takes an item valued below that threshold, they can only be convicted of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is still a crime, and a person can still go to jail for up to a year. And, more than one misdemeanor theft crime can be totaled based on the theft crimes aggregation period.
What Is a Theft Crimes Aggregation Period?
The aggregation period is the number of days in which the value of items for multiple offenses will be totaled. For example, if a person takes property worth $300.00 on one day and then takes another item worth $450.00 within 29 days, the value would be calculated together for a sum of $750.00, and they can be charged with a third-degree felony. That means if someone takes $750.00 over a one month period, they can be charged with a felony.
Why Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you or a loved one have been arrested for theft it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The difference between petit theft and grand theft is complex. Petit theft is a misdemeanor. Grand theft is a felony, which can lead to a long prison sentence.
Why Fernandez & Hernandez?
If you or someone you know has been arrested for theft in the Tampa Bay area and needs help, Fernandez & Hernandez will provide a free consultation and guide you through the process. Fernandez & Hernandez can assist you in getting the outcome you deserve. Theft cases can be complex. Fernandez & Hernandez may be able to help you find a solution.
Criminal defense attorney Daniel J. Fernandez has experience with theft cases and will work vigorously to get your situation resolved. Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez can help guide you through the process. If you need legal assistance with a theft charge call Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Daniel J. Fernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353.