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Theft - Criminal Defense

Lakeland Theft Defense Attorney, William Twyford, Esq., puts his experience as a Theft Criminal Defense Lawyer to work for those in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County and the Surrounding Central Florida areas.

Call 863.585.5283 today to schedule a confidential consultation with Attorney William Twyford about your legal rights, options and goals involving Theft Defense or other Criminal Defense issues or disputes.

There are various forms of theft, however theft crimes fall under two categories:

Petit Theft: (also referred to as petty theft): Theft that involves property valued less than $300.00. Statutory provisions allow for the petit theft offense to be charged as either a misdemeanor of the second degree or a misdemeanor of the first degree, depending on the specifics of the petit theft crime.

Grand Theft: Theft that involves property valued at $300.00 or more. Under the umbrella of Grand Theft are various forms of felony theft that depending on the specifics of the crime, the accused may be charged with a felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree, or felony of the first degree. Sometimes a person may initially be charged with grand theft, but later have the charges dropped to petit theft after it is discovered that the value of the property based on time owned and material condition dictate that the current value of the property does not meet the statutory requirements for grand theft.

The basic elements that must be proven relating to theft crimes include, but are not limited to the prosecution proving beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The accused was either physically involved in the theft or was involved in the planning of the theft;

  • Had knowledge of the theft before or after the fact while in possession of the property or before the property was resold or given to another; and/or

  • The accused did not have any legal standing in claiming he or she had full legal authority or authorization to take, possess, use, sell, or to deprive the other party of the property in question.

A criminal conviction for theft may result in incarceration, lengthy periods of probation, fines, or other mandatory classes, mandatory programs, or penalties that the court may have the authority to impose as a result of a criminal conviction.

If arrested and charged with committing a theft crime, make sure you become fully aware of your legal rights and the options that may be available to you under the law in order to reach the best possible outcome relating to the defense of theft crime or other criminal charges you are facing.

If have questions, concerns, or need to address legal issues relating to Theft defense or other criminal defense matters, seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive criminal defense attorney. At Twyford Law, LLC, you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the legal rights those accused, arrested and charged with Theft or other criminal charges in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County and the Surrounding Central Florida areas.

Call 863.585.5283 to discuss your legal rights, options, and needs relating to Theft Crime Defense or other Criminal Defense issues or disputes. You may also contact us by filling out and submitting our online case evaluation form.


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