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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 deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property or to appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.
There are basically two forms of Theft:
Theft from persons over the age of 65 may be charged as either a felony of the first degree, a felony of the second degree, or felony in the third degree, and may also include 500 hours of community service. The degree of felony is dictated by the value of the act of theft.
Grand theft may include the illegal and unauthorized taking of money, auto and motor vehicles, firearms, a will or testamentary document, commercially famed animals, any fire extinguisher, or any other item of provable value over $300.00.
Theft charges are not relegated to the individuals who physically took the stolen property or assets. Any person who initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property shall be guilty of a felony of the first degree, punishable by up to $15,000 fine, thirty (30) years prison and/or probation.
When an individual is charged with a Theft Crime, or any other criminal offense, it is important to be well informed regarding the charges against you, your legal rights, options which may be available to you, viable defense strategies, and if the case goes to trial, aggressive defense of your legal rights and freedoms.
Protect your rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Lakeland Theft Criminal Defense Lawyer.
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