Theft charges vary, depending on the facts of the case. Some instances are considered burglary, while others are considered robbery. Other theft charges may be legally classified as “grand theft” or “petit theft.” These classifications are not haphazard but instead reflect significant aspects of the charges. Depending on the type of theft charge you face, you can expect serious penalties.
Being charged with any form of theft can result in fines, social stigma, time in jail or prison, and the loss of other rights. Do not take these charges lightly. Get in touch with the Orlando theft defense attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns as soon as possible so that we can help you avoid a conviction or lessen the penalty you face. Call us today at (407) 578-1334 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with our team.
Burglary is committed when a person secretly enters (or remains inside once permission has been rescinded) a private location with the intent to commit some type of offense or forcible felony.
Burglary can range from a first-degree felony to a third-degree felony, depending on a number of factors including (but not limited to) whether the person is armed with a weapon, causes any property damage, or causes harm to another person.
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Grand theft is not strictly determined by the monetary value of the property stolen.
Third-degree grand theft includes property with a value of more than $300, and items including (but not limited to):
- Motor vehicles
- Any fire extinguishers
- Stop signs
Grand theft in the third degree is a felony punishable with imprisonment for no longer than 5 years and a fine of no more than $5,000.
Second-degree grand theft includes property valued from $20,000 to $100,000, as well as items such as (but not limited to):
- Law enforcement equipment with a value of at least $300
- Medical equipment with a value of at least $300
Grand theft in the second degree is a felony punishable with imprisonment for no longer than 15 years and a fine of no more than $10,000.
First-degree grand theft includes property with a value of at least $100,000, as well as items including (but not limited to):
- Semitrailers deployed by law enforcement officers
- Cargo with a value of at least $50,000 that has entered the interstate or intrastate commerce stream
Grand theft in the first degree is a felony punishable with imprisonment for no longer than 30 years and a fine of no more than $10,000.
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Commonly known as “Petty Theft,” petit theft is theft when the stolen property is valued at less than $300.
First-degree petit theft is a misdemeanor punishable by a definite prison sentence of not more than 1 year and applicable fines. Second-degree petit theft (where the stolen property is valued at less than $100) is punishable by imprisonment of no longer than 60 days and applicable fines.
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Retail theft is not just Shoplifting. In fact, the term “retail theft” encompasses a number of offenses, including:
- Altering or removing an item’s price tag, universal product code (UPC), and/or label
- Switching items from one packaging container to another
- Stealing a shopping cart
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Robbery is a theft crime where the offender uses violence, force, assault, or the instilling of fear upon the victim.
Robbery without a weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for no longer than 15 years.
Armed robbery is a first-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for no longer than 30 years.
Armed robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon is a first-degree felony punishable by life imprisonment.
Fines up to $10,000 may be imposed against offenders of robbery in addition to imprisonment.
Variations of robbery include Carjacking and Home Invasion.
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Bogin, Munns & Munns has an experienced Orlando attorney team that knows how to defend against theft charges. Whether you face a felony or misdemeanor, a grand theft or robbery charge, our team may be able to help you lessen your charge or avoid a conviction altogether.
We provide all clients with a consultation to discuss the details of each case. To schedule your appointment with a skilled member of our team, call our office at (407) 578-1334 or enter your information in our online contact form. We are ready to assist you today.