Theft and Property Crimes Require Committed Assistance from a Capable Lawyer
Clearwater theft attorney defends clients with skill and purpose
Theft and other property crimes are among the most common form of criminal conduct. Taking someone’s property, or entering their property without permission, can lead to serious consequences. The consequences faced by those convicted of property crimes include fines, imprisonment and a criminal record that will hinder their ability to enjoy the full benefits and opportunities of life for years to come. If you are arrested for theft or other crimes against property, you need immediate legal assistance from a trained professional. At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I have substantial experience defending clients charged with theft and other property crimes. My former work as a prosecutor aids me in this effort by allowing me to fully understand the mindset and interest of prosecutors intent on convicting those I represent.
Helping individuals charged with all types of property crimes
Florida law defines crimes against property by setting forth various offenses that can lead to arrest and conviction. These include, among others:
- Robbery — Taking money or property from another by use of force, violence, assault or fear with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the person of such property. Robbery is a first-degree felony if a firearm is used. Otherwise, it is a second-degree felony.
- Burglary — If you enter a dwelling, other structure or conveyance intending to commit a crime, you can be charged with burglary. Burglary occurs even if you were invited inside, or the structure was open to the public, if you enter surreptitiously or remain after permission is withdrawn with intent to commit a criminal offense. Burglary is felony of first or second degree depending upon the nature of the offense.
- Theft — Using or trying to obtain for use someone else’s property is theft if you intend to deprive them of their right to use and benefit from the property on a temporary or permanent basis. Theft also includes appropriating property for your own use or that of another. Theft is a felony of first, second or third degree depending on the value of the property stolen.
- Trespassing — Entering or remaining on property, or in a structure or conveyance without permission or after being asked to leave, is trespassing. Trespass can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the nature of the property, whether the person charged had a firearm and other factors.
Florida law also lists home invasion robbery as a separate offense in its own right. Home invasion robbery is a first-degree felony.
If you are charged with robbery, burglary, theft, trespassing or any other property crime in the Clearwater, FL area, you should immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling such cases. Many property crimes are committed by juveniles, under the age of 19. Defending a juvenile requires an attorney who is knowledgeable in dealing with juvenile crimes and juvenile court.
Contact a theft, burglary and robbery attorney in Clearwater, FL today
At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I defend clients, including juveniles, in all types of property crimes, including trespass and home invasion. A free initial consultation is provided for your convenience. Contact me online or call my office at 727-888-0102.