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Criminal Theft Attorneys in St. Pete and Pinellas Park

What is Criminal Law Theft?

Criminal Law Theft is the illegal acquisition and the deprivation of another person’s property without express permission.

Several criminal acts fall under the auspices of criminal law theft, including:

  • Burglary
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Fraud 
  • Larceny
  • Looting
  • Robbery
  • Shoplifting

These crimes exist at all levels of government: federal, state, and local. Theft statutes define the category of theft and associated penalties based on the value of the property stolen. The penalties escalate on this basis – the higher the value of the property, the more serious the offense. Courts in all jurisdictions not only impose incarceration, fines, public service, and other punishments, they also require those convicted to make restitution to the victim.

Do you need a lawyer? Steps to take if you are a victim of Criminal Law Theft

If you have experienced a criminal law theft, the first thing you should do is file a police report. Once completed, you should contact an attorney at once. The attorney’s at Oldham & Delcamp, Criminal Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg and Pinellas, Florida, have litigated thousands of cases and will guide you through the process of prosecuting your case. Gordon Oldham and Jack Delcamp have extensive experience in criminal law theft; they feel strongly about ensuring that clients get fair treatment and that justice prevails. They offer a free consultation and will help you determine if you have a practical claim.

 Once you’ve determined what property was stolen, any evidence you can supply will help bolster your case:

  •  Any video available from monitoring cameras showing the crime
  •  Inventory videos
  •  Receipts
  •  Credit card statements
  •  Receipts for any repairs due to damages 
  •  Photos- e.g., of you wearing a piece of jewelry that was stolen, damages, injuries, etc.
  •  Bank statements (in cases of Embezzlement)
  •  Written appraisals
  •  Blue Book Valuation printouts
  •  Names and contact information of any witnesses

Keep your attorneys apprised of any new information or evidence. By providing your attorneys at Oldham & Delcamp with reliable, verifiable information, you stand a better chance in receiving restitution. A successful challenge to the deflated value of the property a defendant supplies will lead the court to rule in your favor.

 

What you need to know about Property Valuation and Classifications of Crimes

Criminal Law – Theft involves several categories and is based on the monetary value and method the perpetrator used in acquiring the property:

  • Petty/Petite Larceny: Misdemeanors are offenses involving property valued <$1,000.
  • Grand Larceny: the theft of more valuable property >$1000 is treated as a felony. Theft crimes are classified by the type of property as well as the value and the method used to obtain it.

The most severe criminal law theft crimes involve the use of/threatened use of force, for example, robbery. But there are several types of theft, such as:

  • Mugging
  • Bank heists
  • Carjacking

White-Collar Crime
Another category of theft involves financial crimes; through dishonest conduct, perpetrators of financial crimes steal using underhanded methodologies, rather than force, as in:

  • Embezzlement
  • Insurance fraud
  • Forgery 

 

Florida-specific Criminal Law Theft Statutes

Florida Statutes Section 812.005 et. seq. defines Criminal Law Theft in much the same manner as above. However, Florida breaks down the types of offenses into more specific sub-categories than previously mentioned, adding 1st and 2nd Degrees to Petty Theft and 1st,2nd, and 3rd Degrees to Grand Theft. Particular penalties for imprisonment and fines are attached to each category. Sub-Sections 812-014 – 812-176 detail each of the following:

  • First Degree Petty Theft
  • Second Degree Petty Theft
  • First Degree Grand Theft:
  • Second Degree Grand Theft:
  • Third Degree Grand Theft

 

How long do Criminal Law Theft cases take to settle?

Prosecutors avoid going to trial – it’s a lot of extra work. Plus, they don’t have the resources to try every single case. Many criminal law theft cases settle before going to trial.

On average, if a misdemeanor case does go to trial, it may take anywhere from a day to two weeks. Felony trials may take longer depending on the nature of the case, averaging between two months and one year.

Although many states prohibit monetary consideration for settling criminal charges, defendants can resolve certain misdemeanor charges through a financial settlement. Provided that the defendant pays restitution, remains trouble-free, and meets all the other conditions imposed by the courts, the case is dismissed at the end of the probationary period.

If you’ve been a victim of Criminal Law Theft, don’t hesitate to call the Law Offices of Oldham & Delcamp to schedule your free consultation. Oldham & Delcamp is a full-service law firm. Call us today!