Petit Theft vs. Grand Theft

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

The degree to which a theft charge is pursued by law enforcement and the District Attorney can be made drastically different by one single dollar. Petit theft is a misdemeanor, and occurs when you take up to $300 in stolen goods. Grand theft is a felony, and occurs when you take over $301 in stolen goods. Sadly, the value of merchandise may have its cost inflated or exaggerated in an attempt to force a higher penalty.
Getting the Defense You Deserve
The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony conviction is drastic. While a misdemeanor may include a nominal amount of jail time, some fines, and probation or community service, a felony charge can carry significant jail time, hefty fines, and years in the system. Due to the recent push by state law enforcement to crack down on theft, misinformation may be used, or key evidence withheld in an attempt to secure a stiffer penalty.
The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida will investigate your charges, and seek to find the actual amount of merchandise you are being accused of taking. We will fight for a fair trial in which true evidence is presented, and work to have your charges dismissed, or reduced. We are here to help ensure you are treated fairly, and your rights are fully preserved.
If you have been accused of any type of theft in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.