In Florida, obtaining property or using the property of another with intent to prevent the owner from using the property or misappropriating another's property is theft. Any theft of $300 or more is grand theft, a third-degree felony. A person convicted of a third-degree felony faces five years' imprisonment in the state's prison. However, if the theft was property in a home, then the value of the property need only exceed $100 to qualify as grand theft.
The State of Florida permits judges to exercise sentencing discretion and impose probationary conditions depending on the circumstances and the crime charged. A judge possesses discretion to order the person to pay restitution to the victim, attend inpatient drug counseling, and be under supervised control by the probation department. The judge can order the person to serve a split sentence instead of a full sentence. For example, a judge can sentence a person convicted of grand theft to five years in prison, with two years to serve, and with the balance of the sentence ordered suspended for three years. The judge places the person on probation or community control for the three remaining years. The judge has the discretion to order the person to serve the remaining portion of the split sentence if the person failed to satisfy all conditions of probation.
If you are facing charges involving theft, it is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. A criminal defense attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence that the government has against you and, in some cases, may be able to convince the government to decline to file charges against you. Englander Peebles is a seasoned criminal defense law firm that will stand by your side and aggressively advocate on your behalf during this stressful time. Contact us today at (954) 500-4878 today for a free consultation.