Petit theft and grand theft are defined in terms of the value of property stolen. If the property was worth less than $300 it is considered petty theft. For theft crimes above the value of $300 it is considered grand theft. Grand theft is usually charged as a felony while petty theft is considered a misdemeanor. There are, of course, exceptions to both of these such as in the case of having prior petit theft convictions.
If you are charged with multiple petit theft crimes, you could be facing 5 years in prison and hefty fines. If you are convicted as a felon you could lose some of your rights not to mention your employer and landlord would be able to view your criminal record that lasts for the rest of your life. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience in criminal cases including petit theft. We have helped innocent people get the charges dropped and move on with their lives.
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You may avoid jail time if you are convicted of petit theft as long as you have no prior convictions. You may not however avoid fines and other penalties. You will also have a misdemeanor put permanently on your criminal record. This record is viewable by your potential employers and landlords.
Many employers do not want to hire anyone with a criminal record let alone a theft charge. If you have been accused of petit theft, the best thing you can do is speak with a Fort Myers theft attorney immediately. Don't leave your future up to chance. Our experienced attorneys are standing by and ready to answer your questions.
Contact a Fort Myers theft crime lawyer immediately if you are facing petit theft charges and need help today.
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