There are several different types of theft crimes in Florida, but any theft of an automobile is charged as a felony criminal offense. This is true even in cases in which the allegedly stolen motor vehicle has a value that would ordinarily be considered petit theft.
This means that an alleged offender could be subject to a very lengthy prison sentence and substantial fines. Auto theft is a rampant problem in the Sunshine State, and prosecutors will vigorously pursue these types of criminal charges.
Tallahassee Grand Theft Auto Lawyer
If you were recently arrested in Northern Florida for allegedly stealing a motor vehicle, it is critical to find knowledgeable legal representation right away. The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Pumphrey Law handle theft cases of all sizes and aggressively work to have these charges reduced or dismissed.
Our firm represents clients in the greater Tallahassee area and many other locations in the Florida Panhandle, including Freeport, Saint Marks, Bonifay, De Funiak Springs, and many more. We will provide a free, confidential consultation to review and discuss your case when you call (850) 681-7777.
An automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semitrailer, truck tractor and semitrailer combination, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of this state, used to transport persons or property, and propelled by power other than muscular power, but the term does not include traction engines, road rollers, special mobile equipment, vehicles that run only upon a track, bicycles, swamp buggies, or mopeds.
A recreational vehicle-type unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use, which either has its own motive power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle. This includes travel trailers, camping trailers, truck campers, motor homes, private motor coaches, van conversions, park trailers, and fifth-wheel trailers.
The degree of grand theft depends on the value of the automobile that was allegedly stolen:
$750 or more, but less than $20,000
Grand Theft in the Third Degree
$20,000 or more, but less than $100,000
Grand Theft in the Second Degree
$100,000 or more
Grand Theft in the First Degree
It is important to keep in mind that an alleged offender could also face additional criminal charges, depending on the circumstances under which the alleged theft occurred. If the alleged crime involved the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear while the alleged offender was taking a motor vehicle from another person, then that individual could be charged with the first-degree felony offense of carjacking.
The prospect of facing felony charges can be extremely daunting, but a prosecutor still needs to prove an alleged offender’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Some the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case or other defenses that the alleged offender could raise may include, but are not limited to:
Claim of right (alleged offender had reasonable belief that vehicle belonged to him or her),
Consent of automobile owner,
Lack of evidence,
Mistaken identity, and
No criminal intent to permanently deprive owner of vehicle.
The Pumphrey Law fights to protect the rights of clients all over Leon County as well as many nearby areas, including Wakulla County, Holmes County, Walton County, and Gadsden County. Call (850) 681-7777 right now to set up a free legal consultation that will let our firm review your case.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.