Petty Theft in Florida is simply the act of taking the property of an individual or entity. The term “petty theft” implies that this particular crime is not serious. However, quite often, this is not the case.
Petty theft can be charged as a misdemeanor, or felony, depending on the number of prior petty theft convictions. Therefore, it is imperative that a petty theft conviction is prevented or that these charges be dropped completely in order to avoid potential felony charges.
Under certain circumstances, it is possible for a Florida Petty Theft Attorney to have these charges dropped, even if evidence of guilt may seem obvious. Many times, this is achieved through the use of “mitigating circumstances”, such as lack of a prior record, minimal value of the item stolen, or the return of those items. Quite often, many individuals charged with this crime will assume that because evidence of their guilt may seem obvious, that nothing can be done to help them. This is incorrect.
Because each petty theft case in unique in both the facts and circumstances, it is crucial that an experienced Florida petty theft lawyer or Jacksonville Theft Crimes Attorney correctly handle your case. Effective and experienced legal representation is crucial to avoiding or minimizing potentially harsh consequences of a Florida theft charge. An experienced attorney can identify defenses that may apply in a particular case and can adequately advise a client on the best course of action to avoid those penalties. Michael Rainka has handled thousands of these charges and has a significant number of these charges dropped. If you have been accused of petty theft in Florida, contact Michael Rainka today for a FREE consultation.
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