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Robbery Cases in Palm Beach County

arrested_180x120Investigators from different police agencies may add 5 more robberies to the recent theft cases involving women who have been drugging men in bars and stealing their cash and jewelry.

As reported by Michael Laforgia from Palm Beach Post, “If the crimes are connected to thefts that first prompted detectives to compare notes last week, it means at least two women are responsible for 10 robberies in the past eight weeks. Police suspect they made off with more than $50,000 in valuables.”

Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force and or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear.

Robbery differs from simple theft in its use of violence and intimidation. Among the types of robbery are piracy, armed robbery involving use of a weapon, and aggravated robbery involving use of a deadly weapon or something that appears to be a deadly weapon.

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.

In Florida, the seriousness of a theft charge depends upon the amount taken. Theft of $300 or less is misdemeanor petty theft, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Theft or embezzlement of more than $300 is grand theft, a felony that may be subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three or more years.

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. Even a conviction for petty theft can be very detrimental to your
future. A misdemeanor shoplifting conviction will result in a permanent
criminal record. In addition, one petty theft conviction will build on
another, and your third offense will be charged as a felony.

The right attorney will take a proactive approach in defending clients who have been charged with theft. The sooner you hire a qualified grand theft lawyer, the better your chances will be for getting that charge reduced or dismissed.

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