What is Theft in Florida?

In Florida, Theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on what was stolen and the value of the stolen property. For example. if the value of the stolen property is less than $750.00, it is considered petit theft, which is a misdemeanor. If the value of the stolen property is $750.00 or more, it is considered grand theft, and will be a felony offense.

Additionally, if you are charged with stealing an automobile (Grand Theft Auto) or stealing a firearm, you will be charged with a third degree felony and can be sentenced up to 5 years in state prison.

To prove the crime of Theft, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The Defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained or used or endeavored to obtain or to use the property of the victim.

  • The Defendant did so with intent to, either temporarily or permanently,

    • deprive the victim of his/her right to the property or any benefit from it; or

    • appropriate the property of the victim to his/her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to it.

If you are a loved one has been charged with this serious crime, please contact us today for a free consultation!