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Grand Theft Florida


Grand Theft in the State of Florida

Unlike petit theft, which is classified as a misdemeanor in Florida, the consequences of being convicted of grand theft carry much more weight. Depending on certain factors, you could be facing either a first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree felony. Felony convictions are not just proverbial “slaps on the wrist.” The varying penalties for anyone who is found guilty of this offense can include probation, fines, restitution, and even prison time. These kinds of convictions can cause long-lasting hardships in your life.

This is exactly why it is crucial that you know what you could be up against if you are accused of a crime of this caliber. Prosecutors will work hard to prove their cases and they have the resources at their disposal to do so. One way to ensure you are not putting your future at stake is to hire a defense attorney — but not just any attorney. You’ll need an attorney on your side who will not back down in defending you. Attorney Rahul Parikh has vehemently dedicated his life to making sure his clients get the best possible outcome in their cases and he will not settle for anything less than the absolute best.

Penalties for Grand Theft

Grand theft in Florida is considered a felony, of either the third-, second- or first-degree. Having any sort of felony conviction on your record can make life much more difficult. For this reason, it is important for your case to be handled with the utmost care. If you have an attorney who is doing this, you can have some peace of mind about your future. After all, no one wants to encounter difficulties renting a home or apartment, voting, gaining employment, or losing out on other valuable rights.

Car Theft

First-Degree Grand Theft

A theft in which the property taken is:

  • Worth at least $100,000
  • Cargo off of a ship in through a stream of commerce, valued at $50,000 or more
  • Any semitrailer owned or utilized by law enforcement

Possible penalties can include:

  • Fines as high as $10,000
  • Up to thirty years in prison

Second-Degree Grand Theft

A theft in which the property taken is:

  • Worth at least $20,000, but not more than $100,000
  • Any emergency medical equipment, with a value of at least $300, that was taken from a certified medical facility or emergency medical vehicle
  • Any law enforcement equipment, with a monetary value of $300, or more, which was taken from an emergency vehicle
  • Cargo off of a ship in through a stream of commerce, valued at $50,000 or less

Possible penalties can include:

  • Fines as high as $10,000
  • Up to fifteen years in prison
  • Probation, for up to fifteen years

Third-Degree Grand Theft

A theft in which the property taken is:

  • Proven to have a value of at least $300, but not over $20,000
  • Any firearm
  • 2,000 separate pieces, or more, of any citrus fruit
  • A motor vehicle
  • A stop sign
  • Taken from an area deemed a construction site
  • A commercial farm animal
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A testamentary document, such as a will or a codicil
  • A controlled substance

Possible penalties can include:

  • Fines as high as $5,000
  • Up to five years in prison
  • Probation, for up to five years


How the State Proves Guilt

Florida Statutes describe grand theft as any illegal seizure or use of property with a minimum value of $300 with the goal of depriving the property owner’s right to that property. Because grand theft is specifically defined under this statute, the state is responsible for substantiating any accusation of this crime. The prosecution will be required to demonstrate these three elements beyond a reasonable doubt.

  1. That you had full knowledge you were committing an illegal act when you used or attempted to obtain another person’s property
  2. That the value of the property used or taken was $300 or more
  3. That, while engaging in the act, you intended to either seize the other person’s property and use it as your own or that your main objective was to deprive the victim(s) of any right to their property, either permanently or momentarily

First-Degree Theft


Possible Defenses to Grand Theft


There are defenses to grand theft crimes that may apply to your situation. Because of this, it is always a good idea to ask yourself some questions about what occurred, and why you are being accused. If you believe that you have a valid defense, you should not hesitate to let your attorney know. Your attorney can then use that information to determine how best to defend you against your grand theft charges.


Did you previously get permission from the property owner to use what you are being accused of stealing?

Lawful Purpose

Did you legally have a right to take the property in question? Or, did you believe you had such a right?

Duress and Necessity

Was your decision to use or take the property influenced by an emergency situation, or a feeling of being in danger if you did not?

Lack of Intent

Did you believe that you had any legal ownership rights to the property used or taken?

Why You Need a Lawyer

In most cases, if you choose to represent yourself in a felony matter, such as grand theft, you risk having the harshest possible sentence imposed on you. With an attorney representing you, you significantly reduce that likelihood. This is because a good attorney has invaluable skills and experience handling these types of matters. These skills and experience could be the key to getting your charges reduced, or even dismissed. More importantly, a good attorney will combine their skills and experience with a genuine determination to help you avoid unnecessary hardships stemming from legal troubles.

Why Choose Parikh Law?

At Parikh Law, we understand that each and every case is different, and every person has unique needs. Attorney Rahul Parikh’s honest understanding and passion to help others has been attested to time and time again. Not only are his abilities a criminal defense lawyer outstanding, but he also utilizes time he spent as an Orange County prosecutor to see cases from the state’s perspective, as well. Due to his proven expertise, and because of his years spent at the Office of the State Attorney, Attorney Parikh has gained the respect and trust of the prosecutors that he now negotiates with on cases like yours. It is the goal of all of us here at Parikh Law to make sure you are being listened to, informed, and treated with the highest respect. We believe in treating clients like our own family and we defend them like members of our family. If you have been charged with grand theft, contact us today for a free consultation.