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Shoplifting is a theft crime that is usually charged as petit theft. Petit theft is the unlawful taking of goods which the value does not surpass $300. Depending on the value of the goods, petit theft may be charged as a 1st or 2nd degree misdemeanor. 

Florida penalties for Petit Theft

1st Degree Misdemeanor

  • Property stolen worth over $100 but less than $300.
  • If a person is convicted of petit theft of the 1st degree he/she may face 1 year in jail or 1 year probation and a $1,000 fine.

2nd Degree Misdemeanor

  • Property stolen worth less than $100.
  • If a person is convicted of petit theft of the 2nd degree he/she may face 6 months in jail or 6 months probation and a $500 fine.

3rd Degree Felony

  • If someone has had two or more prior petit thefts he/she may be charged with a 3rd degree felony and may face 5 years in prison regardless the amount of the theft.

Time is of the essence. Even if you have not been formally charged with a crime, attorney Hernandez can intercede and work to protect your rights. Involving an attorney as early in the process as possible is important if you are to have the best opportunity of successfully fighting your charges and avoiding a conviction. Due to the difficulty of the cases and the probable sentences that attach, it is essential that you contact Mr. Hernandez. With his extensive knowledge of the legal system, attorney Hernandez will provide you with the most aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation possible in the face of your theft charges. 

For more information and your free consultation contact attorney Armando Hernandez today at 305-442-2590.