Theft Lawyer in Miami, Florida

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The Law Offices of Ama-Mariya Hoffenden, PLLC is Miami, Florida’s trusted team of theft and criminal defense attorneys. We use our combined experience in criminal defense and our exceptional records for aggressively defending our clients to build strong cases for our clients accused of theft and other crimes.

For a theft lawyer whose passion shines through, who is committed to defending your freedom and rights, and who will explore every avenue possible to clear your name or reduce your sentence, look no further than our law offices.

Call Us Today (786) 353-4202

What Is Theft?

Theft is defined as the unlawful taking of another person’s property without that person’s permission. It also includes any act of taking or depriving access to property belonging to another person without their consent or knowledge. It typically also requires the intention of permanently denying the owner the use of the item.

The crime of theft also refers to a number of different offenses, ranging from committing fraud to misappropriating funds.

Classification of Theft Crimes in Florida

In Florida, there are two general classifications of theft. These include Petit Theft and Grand Theft. Let’s take a look at the difference.

Grand Theft

Grand Theft refers to the theft of property with a value greater than $300. This charge is a felony and comes with a penalty of up to 30 years in prison. The prison sentence is determined based on the property’s value and other considerations under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code Guidelines.

Petit (or “petty”) Theft

Petit Theft refers to the theft of property with a value of less than $300. This is a first-degree or second-degree misdemeanor and may be punished by a sentence of between 60 days and one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

What Types of Theft Charges Do We Handle?

We handle all kinds of Grand and Petit theft charges. Many of the charges we have previously successfully fought include:

  • Credit card theft
  • Identity theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Fraud and embezzlement
  • Forgery
  • Car theft

This is by no means an exhaustive list of theft crimes we handle, and our years of experience mean that we are well-equipped to handle your case.

What Are The Penalties for Theft in Florida?

The state of Florida punishes theft harshly, making it even more important that you hire a reliable, professional attorney to defend your rights.

Sentencing depends on the value of the property stolen as part of the crime. Some examples of penalties for theft can be found in the list below:

  • Property Value Under $100
    Second-degree misdemeanor with a sentence of up to 60 days in jail.
  • Property Value Up to $300
    First-degree misdemeanor and sentence of up to one year in jail.
  • Property Value Up to $20,000
    Third-degree felony with a sentence of up to five years in prison. This is also true for theft of a firearm, motor vehicle, or commercial animal.
  • Property Value of $3,000 with Over Two People Involved
    Second-degree felony with a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
  • Property Value Between $20-100,000
    Second-degree felony with a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
  • Property Value Over $100,000
    First-degree felony with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
  • Grand Theft with a Motor Vehicle Causing Over $1,000 in Damage
    First-degree felony with a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

Call Miami’s Trusted Theft Attorneys

Don’t gamble with your liberty. Trust a Miami theft defense attorney from the Law Offices of Ama-Mariya Hoffenden to aggressively make your case and defend your name in court.

Call for your consultation with an experienced Miami attorney today at (786) 353-4202.


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Hollywood, Florida 33021
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FAQ about theft
How much does a theft lawyer cost in Miami?

The cost of legal representation in a theft case in Miami depends entirely on the complexities and context of your case. Thankfully, the Law Offices of Ama-Mariya Hoffenden offer transparent and fair pricing designed to suit your needs and budget.

If you would like to discuss your case, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a consultation today.

Can you get a job with petty theft?

Yes, but a charge like this can make it difficult. In Florida, which is an “at-will” employment state, anybody can be fired or hired for any reason, meaning it isn’t impossible to find work, but it also may be difficult as employers typically do not want to take the risk.

That is another reason why hiring a reliable lawyer is so important.

What is the minimum for grand theft?

In Florida, a judge may sentence someone convicted of Grand Theft in the First Degree to a minimum of 21 months in prison, or a maximum of 30 years in prison, or 30 years of probation.

How many years do you get for car theft?

Anyone convicted of committing a first-degree felony using a vehicle, other than a getaway vehicle, may be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

That is why it is important to call a good Florida theft defense attorney the moment you are charged.