(UPDATED APRIL, 2023)
A petty theft charge in Delray Beach is punishable by up to jail time or probation. Petty thefts happen when someone chooses to take a low dollar value item that does not belong to them. If you have been arrested for petty theft in Delray Beach, you should hire a criminal defense lawyer to advocate for your rights and get you the best outcome on your case.
Do I need a lawyer for petty theft?
Yes, you do because petty theft is punishable by jail time. It is a crime to steal regardless of the value of the item.
Petty Theft in Florida
A person who steals property valued at $100.00 but less than $750.00 commits a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine.
A person who steals property valued at less than $100.00 commits a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail and a $500.00 fine.
A person who is convicted of two petit theft offenses, regardless of the value the item stolen commits a first-degree misdemeanor. Petty thefts are felonies if it happens three times or more.
How can I get petty theft charges dropped in Delray Beach?
A person who has no criminal record is in a better position to have his or her charges dropped or reduced. The defense attorneys at Bottari & Doyle have had their client's petty theft charges dropped after speaking to the state prosecutor. You may be eligible to participate in a theft diversion program. If this is your second or third offense, your charges can still be dropped or reduced depending on the facts of your case.