Grand theft charges in Orlando range from the less serious third degree felony grand theft to the much more serious crime of a first degree felony grand theft. What grand theft charges an individual is charged with depends on the overall value of the property they stole. However, even if the property stolen is not worth much money, if it is unique in nature it may qualify as a grand theft charge.
- Orlando grand theft in the first degree- If an individual steals property that has accumulated value of $100,000 or more then they will be endure a grand theft charge in the first degree. In Orlando the maximum penalties for first degree grand theft charges is 30 years in a state prison and fines up to $10,000.
- Orlando grand theft in the second degree- If an individual steals property with the value between $20,000-$100,000 it falls under the category of a grand theft charge in the second degree. In Orlando grand theft in the second degree has a maximum punishment of 15 years in state prison and fines up to $10,000.
- Orlando grand Theft in the Third Degree- If an individual steals property between $300-$20,000 it will be classified as a grand theft charge in the third degree. In Orlando it comes with a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in a state prison along with a $5000 fine. A grand theft charge in the third degree can still be charged if property value stolen is less than $300 but the particular item was a gun, firearm, stop-sign, or other statutorily defined items.
An Orlando grand theft case has defenses and Orlando grand theft attorney Kevin J. Pitts understands how to defend these cases. Theft accusations can be complicated. The State Attorney's office must prove that the defendant knowingly and illegally obtained or tried to obtain the property of the alleged victim. It must also be proven that the defendant did so with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or to benefit from it by appropriating the property. Defense for grand theft include abandonment, that the accused owned or had an equal or greater ownership interest than the alleged victim, the property was valueless or was not sufficient to support the charge and good faith possession when the accused believes they have the rights to the property or the accused did not have the intent to steal when they took possession. An Orlando theft conviction can also result in the suspension of your driver's license, can be used against you if you testify in court in the future, can make obtaining employment difficult and is an enhanceable offense. Call Orlando grand theft attorney Kevin J. Pitts today at 407-268-3688 to set up a free consultation.