Theft And Robbery Charges
What is Theft in Florida?
Theft is defined as obtaining or using the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner of his or her property. Even temporary use of a person’s property with the intention to return it at a later time can be considered theft.
Petit Theft, Grand Theft and Retail Theft
A theft charge can take the form of a misdemeanor (Petit Theft) or felony (Grand Theft), depending on the value of the item(s) taken, the type of item(s) taken, the location of the theft, and the accused’s prior criminal record. Retail Theft applies the concept of Petit Theft and Grand Theft to cases involving the taking of merchandise, money, or any other property belonging to a merchant.
What is Robbery?
Robbery is similar to theft in that it involves the taking another’s property. However, Robbery involves the use or threat of force to obtain the property from another.
Why You Need a Lawyer
A theft charge of any type is considered a “crime of dishonesty” as well as a “crime of moral turpitude” – designations that could impact your criminal record and immigration status. Even minor property crime charges can carry serious penalties.
Contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer so you can fully understand the nature of your charge and the consequences that could follow is recommended.
Aggressive Defense to Mitigate Potential Consequences of a Theft or Robbery Charge
At Casanova Law, we understand the fear associated with criminal charges and the long-term consequences of a conviction.
We have extensive experience handling all property crime offenses for those located in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Stuart, and all of South Florida.
We will fight hard to avoid a theft conviction, knowing that the label can affect a client for life. You do not have to face these allegations alone. Let us help you.
Protecting Immigration Status
If you are in the United States with a visa or green card, a conviction for a crime of theft or robbery may be of special concern. The designation of these offenses as crimes of dishonesty and crimes of moral turpitude may place your immigration status at risk.
Let us put our experience to work for you. Call us today: 561-209-1440. Our leading Attorney Lourdes Maria Casanova is ready to help you.
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