Petit theft is the least serious of theft offenses and pursuant to Florida Statute is reserved for cases involving theft of property valued less than $300.00. Although it may not seem to be a very serious offense, it is important to seek legal representation right away.
First degree petit theft involves the theft of property valued between $100.00 and $300.00, whereas Second degree Petit Theft involves the theft of property less than $100.00.
Just as with grand theft and other theft or fraud related cases there are reasonable defenses, many of them are the same, such as:
First degree Petit Theft - Applicable where the value of the property is between $100.00 and $300.00, penaties may include a maximum of one-year in jail, one year probation, and fines of up to $1000.00. If you have a prior conviction for theft then you could be charged with First degree petit theft even if the value at issue is less than $100.00.
Second Degree Petit Theft - A conviction for the theft of property valued at less than $100.00 could result in penalties of up to 6 months in jail, 6 months probation, and up to $500.00 in fines.
Driver’s License Suspension - A conviction for Petit Theft can result in a suspension of your driver’s license for 6 months, or for 1 year for a second or subsequent conviction.
Call Philpott Law TodayWhile Petit Theft is less serious than other theft related cases, the impact that a conviction can have on your career and reputation can be significant. Call Philpott Law today and let a former prosecutor assist you with your defense. 386-873-2884.