Experienced Miami Shoplifting Attorneys on Your Side
Our law firm routinely represents clients charged with shoplifting in Miami and other counties. Surprisingly enough, our typical client is a professional with no prior contact with the criminal justice system. Although false arrests do occur (and are defended aggressively by our attorneys), most shoplifting clients, in fact, were attempting to shoplift when they were detained by loss prevention officers. Invariably, the client is unable to give an explanation for his or her actions and is deeply ashamed and embarrassed. Our defense lawyers in Miami strive to minimize the effects and ramifications of a shoplifting charge to allow our clients to put the case behind them and move on with their professional and personal lives.
Shoplifting Can Be Charged as Petit Theft or Grand Theft
Florida shoplifting laws include the general crime of theft as well as a specific retail theft law, Florida Statute 812.015, which applies to issues arising in cases where people face shoplifting charges. When someone is caught shoplifting in Miami—or anywhere in Florida for that matter—they are charged with either petit or grand theft under Florida Statute 812.014, depending on the amount (One of the first things a defense lawyer will want to know in your shoplifting case is the value of the merchandise allegedly stolen). If the value of the alleged stolen merchandise is less than $100 in value, the defendant is charged with petit theft in the second degree, a second-degree misdemeanor. If the value of the merchandise is between $100 and $300, the defendant is charged with petit theft in the first degree, a first-degree misdemeanor. If the alleged amount is greater than $300 but less than $5,000, then the appropriate charge is grand theft in the third degree, a third-degree felony.
Possible Punishments for a Shoplifting Conviction in Miami
The punishments below are maximum punishments (It is highly unlikely that you would receive the maximum—much less a conviction—if you hire a competent lawyer):
Petit Theft in the Second Degree (less than $100) – punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail.
Petit Theft in the First Degree (Less than $300 but more than $100) – punishable by a maximum of 364 days in the county jail.
Grand Theft in the Third Degree (More than $300 but less than $5,000) – punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison.
In addition to a possible jail sentence, a person convicted of shoplifting can have their driver’s license suspended for up to six months on a first conviction, and up to one year on a second shoplifting conviction.
Contact an Experienced Miami Shoplifting Attorney
If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with shoplifting, it is critical to consult with an experienced Miami attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
Over the years, we have represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of cases. There is a good chance that we have dealt with your type of case and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns that you may have. Feel free to browse through the results section of our site for a representative sample of some of our past cases, and the results we have achieved for our clients.
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