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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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Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

A priest who in June left his job at St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach, pledging to prove he was innocent of shoplifting, this week was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to pay $895 restitution to Neiman Marcus for the picture frame he stole from its Boca Raton store in December. Rev. Giuseppe Savaia, 43, refused to confess but agreed that a guilty plea was in his best interest, said prosecutor Kirk Volker. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal withheld adjudication before placing Savaia on probation, ordering him to take a theft abatement course and to get psychological treatment. Earlier this summer, he was placed in a pre-trial intervention program in Broward County to settle charges that he stole two $400 Italian coats from… […]

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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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Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Many times, when an arrest occurs and hits the media, the community has the ability to influence the outcome of the case. When community members believe that the arrest was wrongfully conducted, people band together online or even in public in an attempt to rectify the situation. In this case, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for shoplifting. The catch is that the boy has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a highly-functioning level of autism. The mother of the child used Facebook to garner support from the community of people who understand the difficulty of raising a child with autism. Wrongful Arrest in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach police this week arrested a boy with autism on shoplifting charges. A Spencer Gifts store employee called… […]

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Why A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Why A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Shoplifting is considered a petty crime and the consequences and bail are generally not very serious. One woman however, made headlines for being taken into custody twice in 10 hours for shoplifting and then a burglary later after she posted bail. Theft in Vero Beach According to WPTV News, Kathryn Ann Moody, 19, was charged at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for retail theft at Walmart. She posted $500 and before the day was done, deputies took her into custody again for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. An accomplice accused in the burglary, 22-year-old Kiley Yandle, was also taken into custody. Staff at Walmart said Moody selected a $90 area rug from a store display and received a refund for it, though she had never paid for it. She also stuffed a… […]

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