Boynton Beach Man Charged with $39,000 Grand Theft
A man from Boynton Beach, Florida, has just been charged with stealing $39,000 from his client. The man was accused of recovering money from an unclaimed property foreclosure and then never returning the money to its’ rightful owner. The State of Florida’s Department of Financial Services has been investigating this crime since last year and finally took the man into custody on March 30. He was released on bond later that day.
What is Grand Theft in Palm Beach County?
There are many acts of stealing that fall under the Florida “theft” law. Property can be anything from shoplifting to stolen cargo. Grand theft is the most serious offense. Any property taken that has a value of more than $300 is considered to be grand theft. Grand theft penalties vary by degrees according to the value of the items taken:
1st Degree Grand Theft
When the stolen property is valued at $100,000 or more, the defendant is charged with 1st Degree Grand Theft, which is a 1st Degree Felony. First degree felonies have a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
2nd Degree Grand Theft
When the stolen property is valued between $20,000 and $99,999, the defendant is charged with 2nd Degree Grand Theft, which is a 2nd Degree Felony. Second degree felonies have a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
3rd Degree Grand Theft
When the stolen property is valued between $300 and $19,999, the defendant is charged with 3rd Degree Grand Theft, which is a 3rd Degree Felony. Third degree grand theft also applies to firearms, motor vehicles, farm animals, fire extinguishers, any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces, and stop signs or construction signs. The penalty for a third degree felony is a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Palm Beach County Grand Theft Defense
If you have been charged with grand theft, an experienced Palm Beach County grand theft attorney will investigate all evidence and take all necessary steps to get the charge dismissed. The attorney can also assist you in having the felony changed to a misdemeanor. The court may ask you to fulfill certain conditions, including restitution to victims.
Being convicted of grand theft will change your life forever. You will have to rethink your career choices and limit your options. Trust cannot be bought. Honesty is highly valued in all areas of employment. A theft record will always haunt you so the sooner you hire a qualified grand theft lawyer, the better your chances will be for getting that charge reduced or dismissed.