Theft Defense Attorneys in Gainesville
Defending against Burglary, Robbery & Other Theft Charges
Being accused of committing any type of theft crime can have a serious impact on your future. At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, we offer aggressive defense services for the criminally accused.
Our attorneys have defended people accused of:
- Possession of stolen goods
- Petty theft or larceny
- Armed robbery
- Grand larceny
- Home burglaries
- Auto theft
- Breaking and entering
- Receiving stolen property
If you are facing theft charges, there is a limited window of opportunity for your attorney to act before the prosecutor makes a final decision regarding the severity of the charges. In cases involving a first-time offender, it may be possible to avoid having a conviction on your record by seeking deferred adjudication. In cases involving a juvenile, it is best if the offender is represented by a lawyer who is fully knowledgeable of the juvenile court system.
You can count on our Gainesville theft attorneys. Call us at (352) 329-3632.
Types of Theft
Florida Statute 812.13(1) states that the crime of robbery is committed when a person intentionally or unlawfully takes money or property from another person using threats, force, assault, or violence. This crime is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
The crime of burglary is committed when a person unlawfully enters or remains within a structure and has the intent to commit a crime inside.
Burglary is a first-degree felony if the offender:
- Assaults someone
- Is armed or becomes armed
- Causes damage to the dwelling or structure in excess of $1,000
The crime of theft is committed when a person takes another’s property with the intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the person of the property.
Defenses for Theft Crimes
Since employers and creditors often conduct background checks, any allegation of robbery, burglary, or theft can have serious consequences. There are many defenses that you can raise, but these require a thorough and creative approach to obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges.
Do not wait until your court date to begin defending your rights. Whether you are still under investigation or have already been charged, you need the services of a trusted theft defense attorney in Gainesville.
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