What are grand theft charges?
There are many different ways that you can be charged with grand theft in our state. If you are accused of a theft crime of $300 or more, you could be charged with a third-degree felony. A theft of more than $20,000 is considered a second-degree felony and for stealing $100,000 or more, the charges are a first-degree felony. If you cause in excess of $1,000 worth of damage to someone’s property during a theft, you could also be charged with a first-degree felony. Theft of a car or firearm is also considered grand theft.
A knowledgeable Tampa Bay theft crime lawyer at Greater Tampa Law P.L. needs to be contacted immediately upon being arrested or questioned for the offense of grand theft. We concentrate only on criminal law which allows our attorneys to give you their complete attention and not be distracted by other aspects of the law. Many law offices fail to answer questions that their clients have, are hard to reach and do not keep their clients apprised of every step of their case. We are different in that we firmly believe in staying in close contact with our clients and are available to them when they have questions or concerns.
Penalties for Grand Theft
Penalties for grand theft vary depending on what degree of felony the offense is:
- First-degree felony – Imprisonment for up to 30 years and fines up to $10,000
- Second-degree felony – Imprisonment up to 15 years and fines up to $10,000
- Third-degree felony – Up to 5 years imprisonment and fines up to $5,000
As former Florida state prosecutors, we know that you could be in danger of having the maximum sentence pursued in your case. We can use our vast experience as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys to seek a reduction in the charges against you or to have your case dismissed.
Contact a Tampa Bay grand theft attorney immediately if you are in need of an effective legal defense against grand theft charges.