Shoplifting Lawyer in Miami, FL

Have you or a loved one been arrested in Miami, FL for shoplifting or petit theft? Don’t worry you have landed in the right place. Our criminal defense lawyers have over 100 years of experience successfully litigating criminal cases across the state of Florida and Dade County, call us today for your free consultation, we also offer payment plans.

Shoplifting and Petit theft attorney in Miami FL

What is Shoplifting?

In a nutshell, shoplifting is taking someone’s property without their consent, depriving them of the use, or completely taking it away from them. In the judicial system, it is known as Petit Theft, and in the State of Florida Petit Theft is any property valued below $750; however, the punishment varies depending on the value of the property that was stolen, as follows:

  • First Degree Misdemeanor or Petit Theft of the First Degree: Property stolen valued between $100 and $750, however, if the property is taken from a dwelling, the charge becomes Grand Theft of the third-degree, punishable as a third-degree felony
    • Please note that a person who commits petit theft and has previously been convicted of any kind of theft, can be charged with a First-Degree Misdemeanor, and be punished as such
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor or Petit Theft of the Second Degree: Theft of any property that can be less than $100
  • Third Degree Felony: When a person commits petit theft but has also been convicted two or more times of petit theft previously

What are the Penalties for Petit Theft?

  • First Degree Misdemeanor: Up to one year of time behind bars and a fine of up to $1000
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor: Up-to- sixty days of time in jail and a fine of up to $500
  • Third Degree Felony: Up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000

It is also important to note that in the State of Florida and of course in Miami and Dade County, one of the punishments for being convicted of petit theft is the suspension of the driver’s license for up to six months for a first-time offender. For a second-time offender, the period of the driver’s license suspension could be up to one year.

Why Is It Important to Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Shoplifting or Petit Theft?

The Judicial System in Dade County and the State of Florida is complex, and it’s in the defendant’s best interest to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer who understands the ins and outs of the local court system, to help craft a defense strategy suited to each individual situation. Our Criminal Defense Attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience successfully litigating criminal cases in Miami and across the state of Florida.

If you or your loved one find themselves in a situation where you are being accused of shoplifting and petit theft? Call us right away at 786-206-1296 to speak with a qualified legal professional or fill out the contact form on this page. We’re available 24/7, we offer free initial consultation and payment plans. In addition to our Miami office, we have offices in the following cities across the state of Florida:

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