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Jacksonville Theft Defense Attorneys

Serving Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and throughout Florida

Whether a theft offender is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the value of the stolen property and whether the offender has any prior convictions. In Florida, misdemeanors are prosecuted in the County Court, while felonies are prosecuted in the Circuit Court. The more serious the offense, the more serious the penalties will be.


Florida Statutes dictate that a theft crime occurs when a person: a) tries to take that property for his or her own use or gives it to someone else who isn’t entitled to that property for their use or; b) deprives the owner of the property of his or her legal right to have or benefit from the property.

Common Theft Crimes:

Auto Theft: stealing or attempting to steal any kind of motor vehicle that is legally authorized to run on a public road.

Burglary: illegally entering or trespassing into a building or home for the purpose of committing or attempting to commit a crime.

Petit Theft: stealing property valued less than $300.00. This is a first degree misdemeanor and can be punished by up to one year in jail. An offender who is accused of committing petit theft and already has two prior theft convictions can be charged with a third degree felony.

Grand Theft, a third degree felony, occurs when the stolen property is:

  • More than $300.00.
  • A motor vehicle.
  • A will or another form of testament.
  • 2,000 or more pieces of citrus fruit.
  • Anhydrous ammonia.
  • A firearm.
  • A commercial farm animal.
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • A stop sign.

Grand Theft, a second degree felony, occurs when the stolen property is worth at least $20,000 but under $100,000.

Shoplifting: stealing an item that is being sold at a retail establishment.

Robbery: using intimidation or violence to steal an item or property.

Penalties for theft crimes can include restitution, probation, and prison time. Having a theft conviction on your record can carry long-term consequences, including the loss of eligibility for certain loans and employment opportunities.

Arrested for Theft? Call the Theft Defense Team Now

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a theft crime – no matter what type – you need an attorney. An arrest goes on your permanent record and can make it difficult to get a job, new housing, or even financial aid.

Call the attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton today at (904) 398-2212 for a free consultation regarding your case. We will meet with you under no obligations and we can protect your rights.