Defending Against Theft Charges Is Complex But Possible
If you are arrested for any criminal charge, it can be nerve-wracking and even frightening, but if the charge is burglary, theft or robbery, you’ll need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart who will defend you aggressively and work to bring your case to its best possible conclusion. In Florida’s Treasure Coast region, if you are accused of burglary, robbery or theft, you’ll need the help that an experienced criminal defense attorney at our firm, Kibbey | Wagner, can provide.
Burglary and robbery are considered premeditated crimes, so it’s difficult for a defendant to claim that he or she had no criminal intent. However, if you are innocent of a burglary or robbery charge because of a misunderstanding, a misidentification or a fabricated story, our attorneys at Kibbey | Wagner in Stuart will find the truth and fight aggressively on your behalf. On the other hand, if the state has conclusive evidence that you committed a burglary, a robbery or a theft – and a conviction is certain – a good defense attorney will work to have the charge or the sentence reduced.
What Are The Penalties For Theft, Burglary And Robbery?
Theft is considered a serious crime in the state of Florida. Grand theft – defined as intentionally and illegally taking money or property worth at least $300 – is a felony. Petit theft – intentionally and illegally taking money or property worth less than $300 – is a misdemeanor. However, a conviction on either theft charge is punishable with a harsh fine, probation and jail time, and a grand theft conviction can send an offender to a Florida state prison.
A burglary happens in Florida when someone enters “a dwelling, a structure or a conveyance” and intends to commit a crime within. Florida recognizes three “degrees” of burglary, but every burglary in Florida is a felony offense, and a conviction can put an offender in prison for at least five years. Armed robbery is a first-degree felony in Florida, punishable upon conviction by up to 30 years in prison. “Simple” robbery is a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in a state prison. When weapons or minors are involved, or the defendant has a criminal record, the penalties for these crimes can be even harsher.
How Can Our Attorneys Help You?
In burglary, robbery and theft cases, it is imperative to be represented by an attorney who has substantial experience navigating the Florida criminal justice system and representing the accused. The award-winning legal team at Kibbey | Wagner has more than 25 years of combined experience advocating on behalf of those charged with burglaries, robberies and thefts in Stuart and throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast region.
Consult With A Compassionate Lawyer
When you are represented by our team, you’ll be shown complete respect and absolute dignity. We extend every professional courtesy to our clients and provide a comfortable, professional atmosphere. Whether you are seeking legal assistance for yourself or for a family member who is accused of a burglary, robbery or theft, call Kibbey | Wagner at 772-444-7000 to arrange a free and confidential legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.