Theft / Property Crimes
Stealing, damaging, or trespassing on another party’s property in Florida are criminal offenses. In many instances, the classification and grade of the crime is dependent on the value of the property that was taken or damaged.
Some theft or property offenses are misdemeanors, but others can be felonies that may result in lengthy prison sentences and significant fines. Additionally, the effect of having a theft of property crime conviction on your criminal record can lead to extreme difficulty obtaining employment, housing, or professional licensing.Theft and Property Crimes Lawyer in Broward County, Florida
Were you arrested for any kind of alleged property offense in Florida? Contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible for help fighting to get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman represents clients in Dania Beach, Margate, Cooper City, Hallandale Beach, Lauderhill, and several other nearby areas in Broward County. You can have our lawyer review your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 to take advantage of a free initial consultation.
Overview of Theft Offenses in Florida
- How are property crimes different from theft offenses?
- What is Florida’s Civil Theft statute?
- Where can I learn more about theft and property crimes in Broward County?
Common Property Crimes in Fort Lauderdale
In general, the unlawful taking or stealing or another party’s property is a theft offense. Damaging or unlawfully intruding upon the premises of other parties is considered a property crime.
The value of the property involved typically determines the specific criminal charges, but the charges can also be impacted by such factors as the use of a deadly weapon or the presence of an alleged victim. Prior theft convictions can also impact the severity of the criminal charges.
The Hoffman Firm defends clients accused of such theft and property crimes as:
- Auto Theft;
- Criminal Mischief;
- Criminal Trespass;
- Grand Theft;
- Petit Theft;
- Robbery; and
- Shoplifting / Retail Theft.
Civil Penalties for Theft Offenses in Broward County
When an alleged offender is convicted of a theft crime in Florida, he or she could possibly be sentenced to serve a jail or prison sentence, pay a fine, and possibly even restitution. In addition to those penalties, the alleged offender could then still be subject to civil damages.
Under Florida Statute § 772.11, alleged victims who prove by clear and convincing evidence that they were injured by any violation of a theft crime under Florida Statutes §§ 812.012-812.037 have causes of action for treble damages, or threefold the actual damages sustained. Alleged victims can also be entitled to attorney’s fees and court costs.
When an alleged victim in a theft case is seeking civil damages, he or she must send a written demand for the damages sought to the alleged offender. The alleged victim can file a lawsuit against the alleged offender if the damages are not paid within 30 days.
While alleged victims may be entitled to damages under Florida’s Civil Theft statute, the standard of clear and convincing evidence in these cases is much tougher to prove than the preponderance of the evidence that typically applies in other civil cases. Because stolen property is usually recovered and returned, there are usually no damages to alleged victims and an experienced attorney can respond and put an end to any demand letters or phone calls for civil damages.
Florida Property Crime Resources
Crime Mapping | Broward Sheriff's Office — View the dates, times, and locations of crimes committed in Broward County. Information is limited to the past three months of data, but you can view reports, charts, and summaries based on specific types of crimes, in specific locations, during specific periods of time. Viewable crimes include burglary, robbery, theft/larceny, and more.
Broward Sheriff's Office
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Crime Stoppers of Broward County, Florida — Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving and preventing crime in Broward County that is dependent on community involvement for success. Callers can submit anonymous tips about unsolved crimes and can be eligible for cash rewards if their tips lead to arrests. On this website, you can view current unsolved cases, recent news, and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you think that you are under investigation or you were arrested for any kind of property or theft offense in Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. The Hoffman Firm helps clients accused of these crimes in Miramar, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and many surrounding communities in Broward County.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who has experience handling these types of cases on both sides of the aisle as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. Call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form right now to schedule a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer review your case.