Fort Lauderdale Shoplifting Defense
Petit Theft- Petty Theft
Defense For The Elderly
In Fort Lauderdale shoplifting is a crime that involves depriving a merchant of his or her property. The severity of the charges will depend upon the value taken and can be categorized as either misdemeanors or felonies.
In cases involving items that are valued at $100 or less the charge is a second degree misdemeanor. Goods that are worth more than $100 but less than $300 are first degree misdemeanors. A prior conviction for a retail theft will cause a second offense to be treated as a first degree misdemeanor even if the item or items taken are worth less than $100.
Petit Theft-Petty Theft
In Fort Lauderdale the lowest level theft offense is called “petit theft” known “petty theft.” If the property stolen is valued at less than $100, it is petit theft of the second degree, which is a misdemeanor of the second degree. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 812.014.) A sentence of imprisonment 60 days and a fine not to exceed $500 can result from conviction of a misdemeanor of the second degree in Florida. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 77.082, 77.083.)
Petit Theft of the First Degree. If the property stolen is valued at $100 or more, but less than $300 is a misdemeanor of the first degree. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 812.014.) After a conviction for a misdemeanor of the first degree, the offender may receive a definite term of imprisonment of not less than one year and a fine of not more than $1,000. (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 77.082, 77.083.)
First Degree Petit Theft
Goods Value from $100 – $299.99:
Max Jail: 364 Days
Max Probation: 12 Months
Second Degree Petit Theft
Goods Value from $0.01 – $99.99:
Max Jail: 60 Days
Max Probation: 6 Months