Florida legislature has established different degrees of theft for stolen property. The degrees are determined by the value of the stolen property and are seriously prosecuted and punished. Depending on the violation you are charged with, you could face jail time, fines, probation, loss of educational or employment opportunities, loss of drivers license, and even public embarrassment. Even the lowest convictions can carry a sentence of up to 60 days in jail plus fines. If you are convicted of property theft, it is important that you contact an experienced theft defense attorney to handle your case.

Theft is defined by the legislature as follows:

( Florida Statute 812.014 – Theft )

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.
  • Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.

Degrees of Theft:
Petit Theft involves the taking of property that is valued at less than $300.

  • Petit Theft 1st Degree: When the value of the stolen property is $100 or higher and less than $300. It is considered a first degree misdemeanor and carries up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
  • Petit Theft 2nd Degree: A Second Degree Petit Theft is considered a second degree misdemeanor and occurs when the stolen property value is less than $100. It carries a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.

If you are found guilty of Petit Theft, your defense attorney may be able to negotiate other penalties of punishment. Some of these alternate penalties can be: Community Service, Financial Restitution of stolen property, Witholding of Adjudication, Counseling, House Arrest or Electronic Monitoring.


Grand Theft involves the taking of property that is valued at higher than $300.

  • Grand Theft 1st Degree: The stolen property value is higher than $100,000, and it is considered by Florida Law as a 1st Degree Felony. A person charged with First Degree Grand Theft may face up to 30 years in jail, up to 30 years of probation and a maximum fine of $10,000.
  • Grand Theft 2nd Degree: When the value of the stolen property is between $20,000 and $99,999. A Second Degree Grand Theft is considered a 2nd Degree Felony by Florida Law and can carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, up to 15 years of probation and a fine of up to $10,000.
  • Grand Theft 3rd Degree: A Third Degree Grand Theft is considered a 3rd Degree Felony under Florida Law and occurs when the stolen property is valued over $300 and less than $20,000. It can carry a penalty of up to 5 years in jail, up to 5 years of probation and a maximum fine of $5,000.

All degrees of Grand Theft are considered felonies and have serious punishments associated with them. Please be aware that if you are convicted of Grand Theft in the 1st Degree, you will most likely be facing prison time even if you are a first time offender. In Grand Theft cases, financial restitution can play a big role. A defense lawyer can advocate that the person be put on probation, so that restitution can be repaid, instead of serving time in jail or prison.

Dealing in Stolen Property:

Dealing in stolen property is another charge that can carry some serious consequences if proper representation is not acquired. The following is the definition and punishment of this offense.

( Florida Statute 812.019 – Dealing in stolen property )

  • Any person who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree.
  • 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.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft or property crime in Florida, we invite you to contact us today. Feel free to call or complete the form on this page. We serve the needs of criminal theft legal defense across the entire Tampa Bay area. Allow our experienced attorneys at The Curry Law Group to represent you and fight for your freedom today.