Tens of thousands of Floridians are arrested on theft charges each year, including petty (petit) theft,Grand Theft larceny, Grand Theft Auto, and burglary. The accused often are left in a very difficult situation because they could face stiff penalties that could include hefty fines, anti-theft classes, repayment to the victim for the value of items stolen, and, in some cases, jail time. The case could be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. On top of legal consequences for these crimes, those accused of theft crimes could lose employment and permanent, negative marks in their employment record are a near certainty.
Due to the aforementioned consequences, anyone facing theft charges should immediately contact a criminal lawyer experienced in handling theft cases. Such an attorney can immediately go to work for the accused, assisting in reducing the possible penalty as well as to helpverify the validity of the charges brought against the accused. The ultimate goal would be to have the charges dismissed by either the Judge or the State.
Strict punishment for theft and the possibility of losing employment force many of the accused to panic, as they do not know what steps to take to fight the charges. These individuals need an experienced Broward County Theft Attorney to analyze all facets of their case to determine whether or not the charges are valid or if there is a chance to avoid the maximum punishments associated with theft crimes. Attorneys can arrange for polygraph tests (also known as lie detector tests) to assist those who feel they have been unjustly accused of a theft crime as well as a number of other methods to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients.
Hassett & Associates, P.A. represents sex crimes arrest clients in Broward County and its major cities and areas, including Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines.
1. Florida Crime Clock, 2009:
2. Arrest Totals, January – December 2009