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Can you be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property?

Can you be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property?

In Florida, an accused may be convicted of several different types of thefts. Felony and misdemeanor theft are the most common theft crimes that are seen in Palm Beach County, FL. Another crime that the prosecutor likes to charge an accused with, in the same family as theft, is dealing in stolen property. But can an accused be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property? Theft in Florida is defined as “A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently: (a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property. (b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the… […]

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Petit Theft and Other Misdemeanor Crimes

Petit Theft and Other Misdemeanor Crimes

The crime of Petit Theft in Florida is the taking or misusing of another’s property with the value of the property being $300.00 or less. The crime of Petit Theft in Florida is a Misdemeanor of the First degree. A misdemeanor of the first degree in Florida is punishable by up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00. There are also civil fines and forfeiture laws that deal with those accused and found guilty of petit theft. The most often seen petit thefts in Florida, are when someone shoplifts from a retail store, walks out on not paying an invoice for food or hospitality related services, destroys another’s property, misuses of another’s property or  not returning rental property as promised per the rental agreement.… […]

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Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Two Boynton Beach residents were on a electronic shopping theft spree, accused of leaving Walmart with stolen electronics worth about $1,760. The security guard watched two men leave with a cart full of electronics only to come back shortly after to get more. The second trip resulted in police interception at the exit. Akinsvil Paulvil, 21, and Licence Sineas, 19 are facing grand theft charges and currently held at Palm Beach County jail. 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… […]

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Specific Types of Larceny Charges

Grand theft is a term used to describe any theft that in which the items taken exceed a certain monetary value. The exact cost of the item or items needed to constitute a theft of this magnitude may vary based on location. Grand theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the jurisdiction and the situation surrounding the theft. Factors which may affect how the case is charged may include whether force was used during the theft and the exact value of the stolen goods. Legally, theft is often synonymous with larceny. Robbery is the taking or attempting to take something of value from another person by use of force, threats or intimidation. It is committed in the presence of the victim. Robbery is commonly known… […]

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Petty Theft , Grand Theft and Shoplifting Charges in Florida

Petty Theft , Grand Theft and Shoplifting Charges in Florida

A person commits “theft” is he or she “knowingly obtains or uses the property…of another with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently: deprive the person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, OR appropriates the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to use of the property. “Shoplifting” goes by many names. Depending on the laws in your state, it may be called “petty theft” or “petty larceny,” “fourth degree” theft, or maybe even “shoplifting.” Practically everyone’s heard the term and knows pretty much what it means. Most people may not realize, however, just how serious the crime is. The classic example of shoplifting or petty theft is when someone takes something from a store… […]

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Arrested for Shoplifting

Arrested for Shoplifting

Shoplifting is a criminal charge that results when a person is accused of stealing or attempting to steal from a store. The offense often happens when a person walks out of a store without paying for an item. Shoplifting also occurs by changing a price tag to get a lower price, leaving a restaurant without paying a bill or eating food in a grocery store without paying for it. Whatever the reason, the first thing to do if you have been arrested for shoplifting is to hire an attorney or enlist the help of another legal professional. The severity of a shoplifting charge largely depends on the total value of the stolen goods and whether there is a prior record, especially for shoplifting. Typically, shoplifting is a lower-level criminal charge,… […]

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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested for Grand Theft

St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky has been arrested on grand theft charges. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday and is potentially facing time in prison if convicted. Grand theft is actually quite a common crime. Whether the act of theft is determined to be grand theft or petty theft determines on the value of the property or money stolen. If the money or value of the property stolen is greater than $300, it is considered grand theft with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or more. St. Lucie County Theft According to an article in WPTV News, St. Lucie County Commissioner Christ Dzadovsky was arrested on grand theft charges that do not relate to his position as commissioner. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday after allegedly turning… […]

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Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Burglary is a crime where the charges can depend on the monetary value of the items stolen or the damage done. While unfortunate, burglary is very common especially in South Florida. This summer, the rate of stolen AC units for the copper materials reached an all time high. Cars are a constant target, especially for electronics like GPS units and other items of value left in the vehicle. In Broward County, the Sheriff’s Office is noticing that criminals are targeting cars with unlocked doors and are unfortunately finding many vehicles that provide an open invitation for burglary. Burglary and the Law According to Florida Statute 810.02: “Burglary” means: (1) Entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at… […]

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What is Criminal Mischief in the State of Florida?

What is criminal mischief? Criminal mischief is a fairly vague charge. If you have been arrested and accused of criminal mischief, you may need a criminal defense lawyer to explain exactly what the outcome of this charge might be. Your sentence will depend on the amount of damage caused by the criminal mischief you are accused of. According to Florida Statutes, criminal mischief is defined as a crime committed when the defendant knowingly, willfully, and maliciously causes damage to any property belonging to someone else. A defendant can even be charged with criminal mischief on terms of negligence, as in the defendant failed to realize he or she was causing damage. Graffiti and vandalism are common criminal mischief crimes. Criminal Mischief in the State of Florida According to Florida Statutes,… […]

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