Orlando Theft Defense Lawyer

Orange & Seminole County Theft Defense

Theft defense lawyer Bryce Fetter is committed to providing exceptional legal counsel, service, and representation to people who’ve been charged with a theft-related offense in the Orlando, Florida area. Managing the overcrowded Florida courts without an experienced theft defense lawyer can be an intimidating process. At our criminal defense law firm we will aggressively defend your case by:

  1. Reviewing the facts of your theft case;
  2. Challenging the State’s evidence;
  3. Identifying any mitigating factors, and
  4. Exploring all options that would result in a reduction or dismissal of all theft charges.

If you have been accused of any Florida theft crime, contact our Orange County theft lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your options. We are open every Saturday and offer same day office appointments.

Personal Attention to Your Theft Case

Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your theft case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly, and your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Bryce Fetter is the only attorney that will speak to you on the phone, meet you in person and attend court on your behalf. Your theft case will get his full attention.

Petit Theft

Petit theft, also referred to as petty theft or shoplifting, is the unlawful taking of property from another with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property. If the merchandise was taken from a store or business the offense can be charged as retail theft.

Petit theft and retail theft carry the same penalties and can be charged as the criminal offense of shoplifting or retail theft. Either offense can be charged as either misdemeanor petit theft or a felony grand theft. Those arrested for Orlando petit theft charges face a first-degree misdemeanor for theft over $100 but less than $300, while first-time offenders who are accused of taking property valued less than $100 face a second-degree misdemeanor. Those who have two or more prior theft convictions can be charged with a third-degree felony, called felony petty theft, and face five years in prison no matter the amount of the theft. It is important to avoid being convicted of petit theft as a petit theft conviction will result in a permanent criminal record.

Grand Theft

One of the most commonly charged felony theft offenses prosecuted under Florida law is grand theft. Grand theft is the unlawful taking of property valued at more than $300 with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property. The penalties and punishments for grand theft depend on the value of the property taken.

In many cases, related charges for scheming to defraud can be alleged. These charges can involve a taking from a family member, friend, stranger or employer.

Pretrial Diversion for First-Time Offenders

The vast majority of our clients charged with petit theft are women who have never been arrested before. In many of these cases our client is terrified about the arrest and prosecution will affect her current employment and future employment opportunities. We are experienced in working with women to defend them against an accusation of shoplifting in Orlando, Seminole County and the surrounding Central Florida area.

Call Bryce Fetter at 407-740-7275

Our goal simply put is to help you avoid a theft conviction and a permanent criminal record.  We are open six days a week and we offer a free consultation so that we can learn about you, learn about your case and determine how we can help.

 

We defend all Orange County & Seminole County Theft Cases

Theft defense lawyer Bryce Fetter is committed to providing exceptional legal counsel, service, and representation to people who’ve been charged with a theft-related offense in the Orlando, Florida area. Managing the overcrowded Florida courts without an experienced theft defense lawyer can be an intimidating process. At our criminal defense law firm we will aggressively defend your case by:

  1. Reviewing the facts of your theft case;
  2. Challenging the State’s evidence;
  3. Identifying any mitigating factors, and
  4. Exploring all options that would result in a reduction or dismissal of all theft charges.

If you have been accused of any Florida theft crime, contact our Orange County theft lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your options. We are open every Saturday and offer same day office appointments.

Personal Attention to Your Theft Case

Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your theft case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly, and your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Bryce Fetter is the only attorney that will speak to you on the phone, meet you in person and attend court on your behalf. Your theft case will get his full attention.

All Theft Charges are Crimes of Dishonesty

Anyone found guilty of grand theft, petty theft, unemployment compensation fraud, worker’s compensation fraud or employee theft is required to have their fingerprints taken in court which along with the police report and case disposition becomes a public record. Even if you are not convicted, your name can go into a national civil theft database used by employers when they conduct background checks. Additionally, prior convictions for theft can increase the potential sentence your are currently facing. A conviction for any theft offense can never be removed from your permanent record and can cause you to face enhanced penalties for any subsequent theft charge.

Petit Theft

Petit theft, also referred to as petty theft or shoplifting, is the unlawful taking of property from another with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property. If the merchandise was taken from a store or business the offense can be charged as retail theft.

Petit theft and retail theft carry the same penalties and can be charged as the criminal offense of shoplifting or retail theft. Either offense can be charged as either misdemeanor petit theft or a felony grand theft. Those arrested for Orlando petit theft charges face a first-degree misdemeanor for theft over $100 but less than $300, while first-time offenders who are accused of taking property valued less than $100 face a second-degree misdemeanor. Those who have two or more prior theft convictions can be charged with a third-degree felony, called felony petty theft, and face five years in prison no matter the amount of the theft. It is important to avoid being convicted of petit theft as a petit theft conviction will result in a permanent criminal record.

Grand Theft

One of the most commonly charged felony theft offenses prosecuted under Florida law is grand theft. Grand theft is the unlawful taking of property valued at more than $300 with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property. The penalties and punishments for grand theft depend on the value of the property taken.

In many cases, related charges for scheming to defraud can be alleged. These charges can involve a taking from a family member, friend, stranger or employer.

Pretrial Diversion for First-Time Offenders

The vast majority of our clients charged with petit theft are women who have never been arrested before. In many of these cases our client is terrified about the arrest and prosecution will affect her current employment and future employment opportunities. We are experienced in working with women to defend them against an accusation of shoplifting in Orlando, Seminole County and the surrounding Central Florida area.

Pretrial diversion, often called just diversion, is an option for most theft charges. The appropriate diversion program, term and conditions varies by county and charge.

Diversion is a voluntary program administered by the State Attorney’s Office on a case-by-case basis. Misdemeanor shoplifting diversion, and felony grand theft diversion approval will depend on your prior criminal history, victim input, and the facts of the case. Successful completion of diversion will result in all charges being completely dismissed. Click below for details on a specific theft-related pretrial diversion program:

Recent Theft Case Law

Ulysse v. State, 174 So.3d 464 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015) In order for the use of force to be justifiable in defense of property, the victim must be interfering with property within the possession of the accused.  Claim of right defense is a defense to crimes of theft, not false imprisonment, and claim of right defense arises from the common law rule recognizing that a forcible taking of property under a bonafide claim of right is not robbery where the taker has a good faith belief that he is owner of the property or is entitled to immediate possession.

Harriman v. State, 174 So.3d 1044 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015) Voluntary abandonment may be a defense to a theft that is accompanied by an attempt to commit theft, although the crime is not charged under the attempt statute.  The separate offense of attempted grand theft does not exist in Florida because the statute uses the term or endeavors to obtain or use.

Wiechert v. State, 170 So.3d 109 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015) When direct testimony concerning fair market value of items stolen is not available in a prosecution for theft, the state may establish value through evidence of (1) original market cost; (2) the manner in which the item was used; (3) the general condition and quality of the items; and (4) the percentage of depreciation.

Call Bryce Fetter at 407-740-7275

Our goal simply put is to help you avoid a theft conviction and a permanent criminal record.  We are open six days a week and we offer a free consultation so that we can learn about you, learn about your case and determine how we can help.

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