Fort Myers Theft Lawyer
If you are being investigated or have already been charged with the misdemeanor offense of petit theft in Lee County, Florida call us today. Do not make the mistake of assuming a petit theft charge is insignificant. Just because the crime is a misdemeanor (perhaps you only took a $10 item from the store) it can have long-term consequences for your future. As any Fort Myers theft lawyer will tell you, theft crimes are among the most common barriers to employment in almost any industry or field. Let our firm’s collective experience represent your interests not just for today, but for the future as well. Please call (239) 208-3562 for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Myers, Florida.
What constitutes petit theft and grand theft in Fort Myers, Florida?
The crime of petit theft is defined by Florida Statute as the taking of property that belongs to another (either temporarily or permanently) with a value of less than $300. If the value of the property is over $300, then the offense may be charged as grand theft (a felony offense).
What are the penalties for a petit theft (shoplifting) in Fort Myers, Florida?
Theft under $100 is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail or six months probation, or a combination thereof. Theft of property worth $100-$300 is a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable by up to one year jail or one year probation, or a combination thereof. Other consequences may include a driver license suspension, community service hours, an anti-shoplifting class and a “no trespass” or der from the location of the offense.
Prior convictions for theft, however, may result in your petit theft charge being elevated to a more serious criminal charge. A felony conviction can result in losing additional rights as well, such as voting or lawfully possessing a firearm.
Can a theft charge or shoplifting ever be sealed or expunged?
A theft charge may be sealed or expunged assuming you have never been previously convicted of a criminal charge and did not receive an adjudication of guilt on the current theft charge.
How can a theft conviction be used against me in future cases?
A witness that chooses to testify is sometimes subject to impeachment with prior felonies or crimes of dishonesty. This means that your credibility may be attacked should you ever choose to testify in a legal proceeding.
Contact a Fort Myers theft lawyer
Call a Fort Myers theft lawyer today at (239) 208-3562, or visit the Law Office of Verderamo & Escobar, located at 1415 Dean St. #104 Fort Myers, Florida 33901.
The office is located walking distance from the Lee County Courthouse in Fort Myers.