Over the holiday season, you can't turn around without seeing material items for sale, being bought or being given. Excessive purchases are loaded into trunks, and happy tunes assault the airways. To be without, or to know others who won't be receiving gifts makes the holiday a little unbearable and perhaps that is why the news is full of warnings about stolen packages and car thefts at this time of year. Sometimes the intention is not to deprive another; that is just a necessary evil of providing for another when you have little monetarily to assist.
Theft crimes vary in Florida. They range from the relatively minor, such as petit theft or shoplifting, to the potentially serious – as measured by the potential for felony-level prison sentences and fines – such as grand theft. The degree of seriousness depends in part on the value of the allegedly stolen property, and to some extent on the circumstances under which it was taken from its rightful owner.
Shoplifting is one of those crimes that people view as a minor, non-violent criminal offense. Unlike an armed robbery that brings to mind violence and threats of imminent physical harm, taking a 12-pack of beer from a convenience store without paying for it might not be thought of as being on the same level as a robbery, but it can be in Florida.
Florida law covers two types of Arson: first degree and second degree. Both variants are felonies with the severity of degree of the felony matching the severity of the act of arson itself.
In an earlier post we addressed the question of what constitutes theft in the state of Florida. As a refresher, Florida defines theft, and its variations, including larceny and embezzlement as well as other specific crimes that involve taking the property of another, as the intentional act of taking or removing the property of another, without that person's consent.
For many people who are not law enforcement officials or attorneys, the term “burglary” invokes a mental image of a person breaking into a building and stealing something without getting caught. In other words, people may think of burglary as simply another term for larceny or theft.
Anyone familiar with the general term, theft, has likely heard multiple ways of describing it: larceny, petty theft, grand larceny, grand theft, conversion, and so on. This post describes what constitutes the crime of theft in the state of Florida, and the different sub-classifications of that crime.
It can be very important to get ahead of the problem when it comes to a criminal charge. For instance, how you react to an arrest warrant is crucial. What you do may affect how you look before the court, should the case ultimately reach that stage.
A Florida rapper was recently sentenced for two counts of bank robbery with assault, as well as two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence. The man, who robbed two banks for a total of $32,000 in 2013, received a 35-year prison sentence in federal court.
A man from Tampa was arrested for shoplifting from the Punta Gorda Walmart Super Center. He is suspected of taking close to $1,000 of flash drives and other items.