I Know How To Successfully Fight Theft Charges
When someone accuses you of stealing their property, it is vital to trust a skilled lawyer. At Powell Law Firm P.A., you can count on me to defend your rights. I have over 20 years of criminal law experience that I can use to strengthen your theft defense case.
Theft Charges Are Often Complicated
There are different scenarios and charges related to theft, including:
- Shoplifting and organized retail crime
- Carjacking or failing to return a leased vehicle
- Fraud, including credit card fraud or falsification of receipts
- Buying or selling stolen property
- Robbery and home invasion
In Florida, theft charges can have varying levels of severity. Petit theft is the lowest level. Although still significant, petit theft charges are misdemeanors that typically involve property worth less than $750.
The other type of theft, grand theft, is a felony charge. Theft of a gun, property from someone’s house, a car, certain substances such as drugs and high-value property are among the circumstances that can lead to grand theft charges.
Whether you face, petit theft or grand theft charges, I will be ready to support you. Felonies and misdemeanors can each impact your life, but I will fight to prevent the most serious penalties.
Possible Defenses To Theft Accusations
As a former prosecutor, I know what the state needs to convict you. To win a conviction, prosecutors must prove intent as well as guilt. If you did not intend to steal, or you have a legitimate reason to possess the property, I can help you dispute the charges.
Sometimes, theft charges are the result of a miscommunication or misunderstanding. It is possible to take someone’s property because you either mistook it for your own or believed you had permission. Intoxication or misleading text messages, for example, can be potential evidence that you did not intend to steal.
Every case requires a customized defense strategy. As your criminal defense attorney, I will review the specific facts of your case to help you counter the prosecutor’s argument.
Protect Yourself With A Tough Defense
A theft conviction can have numerous consequences, from facing jail time to losing your driver’s license to facing a civil lawsuit for the damages. Let me protect your rights no matter what charges you face. Call 941-564-7173 or email my office in Punta Gorda for a case review.