Women and Theft Crimes

One of the most common crimes women are charged with is theft. According to the 2012 Bureau of Justice Statistics, women are more likely than men to be caught for larceny or theft, fraud, and drug possession crimes.

Approximately thirty percent (30%) of women jailed in 2012-2013 had been convicted of a property crime. Property crimes include crimes like theft (9.1%), fraud (8.4%), or burglary (6.9%). Among the Florida theft crimes committed by women, shoplifting is said to be the most common.

Shoplifting, like many other theft crimes charged under Fla. 812.015,  is penalized based on the value of the property stolen.

Attorney for Women Charged with Theft in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Florida Women's Law Center Florida handle theft crimes throughout Fort Lauderdale, in Broward County, FL. We serve clients in the Miami-metropolitan area in cities like West Palm Beach, Miami, East Naples, and LaBelle.

Our attorneys are known for being tenacious and dedicated to fighting for the rights of women charged with theft crimes. Our offices are centrally located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse.

Call (954) 500-5555 for more information about the attorneys at Bacchus Law Firm and our services.

If you have been arrested for Petit theft in Hendry County, Palm Beach County, Collier County, or Miami-Dade, County, Florida, then contact our firm immediately.

Overview of Women and Theft Crimes in Broward County

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Theft under Florida Law

In Florida, theft crimes are charged based on the value of the property. If the accused stole property valued at approximately $300 or less, then the charge is petit theft, which is usually charged as a misdemeanor offense. Property valued higher, however, is charged as grand theft. Grand theft can be charged as a first or third-degree felony, depending on the value of the property.

Petit Theft

To convict a woman of petit theft, the State must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt the following:

  1. that the defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained, used, or endeavored to obtain or use the allegedly stolen property;
  2. the defendant did so with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently
    1. deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or any benefit from it; or
    2. appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of another person not entitled to it;
  3. that the property stolen was valued at $300 or less.

Grand Theft in Florida

Grand theft in Florida may be charged as a first or a third-degree felony. The charges depend on either the value of the stolen property or the type of property that the offender stole. Grand theft follows the same theft elements as that of petit theft. Thus, the alleged defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained the alleged property, with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive.

Grand theft can be charged if an individual steals any of the following:

  • a firearm;
  • a stop sign;
  • ammonia;
  • a will, codicil, or another testamentary instrument;
  • two thousand (2,000) or more individual pieces of citrus fruit;
  • any controlled substance as defined by Florida Statute § 893.02;
  • emergency medical equipment taken from a Chapter 395 facility:
  • any controlled substance as defined by Florida Statute § 893.02;
  • any property valued by at least $300.

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Additional Resources

Section 812.014 Fla. Stat. Theft – Visit Online Sunshine the official website of the Florida Legislature for the full statutory layout of theft charges in Florida and for information about jail time and fines associated with being convicted of grand theft in Broward County, FL.

"Dealing in Stolen Property, Grand Theft, and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel" – Visit the Florida Bar Journal website, for an online article explaining grand theft charges including examples outlined in Florida case law. Also, find out information about the consequences of dealing in stolen property under Florida law.

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Finding an Attorney for Grand Theft in Broward County, FL

If you or a woman that you know has been arrested in Broward County for any theft offense such as shoplifting, grand theft, or a scheme to defraud, then call the Florida Women's Law Center.

With offices located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, our attorneys are known for being fearless and steadfast advocates for women charged with theft crimes. Our previous cases have been in cities like Miami, East Naples, West Palm Beach, and LaBelle, Florida.

Call (954) 500-5555 to schedule a no obligations consultation with one of our after an arrest.

We take cases throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in counties like Hendry, Miami-Dade, Collier, and Palm Beach County, FL. Act fast to lessen your chances of fines or jail time.

This Article Was Last Updated on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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