Seminole County Misdemeanor Theft Lawyer

If you have been charged with misdemeanor theft in Seminole County please contact Chris S. Boatright, P.A. at 407-740-8300 to discuss what options may be available to get your misdemeanor theft charge dismissed or reduced.  One way to get your misdemeanor theft charge dismissed is by completing a Pre-Trial Diversion program.  Not every misdemeanor theft case is eligible for a Pre-Trial Diversion program.  

Driver License Suspension

A conviction for a misdemeanor theft may cause your drivers license to be suspended.

Former Misdemeanor Theft Prosecutor

As a former misdemeanor theft prosecutor Chris has an understanding of what can be important to the prosecutor in your Seminole County misdemeanor theft case.  It is important to understand how the other side works.  Chris uses this understanding to determine what needs to be done to get the best possible outcome in your misdemeanor theft case.  

Seminole County Misdemeanor Theft Defense Lawyer Since 1999

Chris has been defending individuals in Seminole County charged with misdemeanor theft since 1999.  Being an Seminole County misdemeanor theft defense lawyer for so long has given Chris the opportunity to spend a lot of time working with the judges and prosecutors in Seminole County that handle misdemeanor theft cases like yours.  Experience dealing with those judges and prosecutors is important in achieving the best results in your misdemeanor theft case.  

Different Seminole County Misdemeanor Theft Defense Lawyers Get Different Results

When you have been charged with misdemeanor theft in Seminole County you need an aggressive, experienced, and knowledgeable lawyer like Chris to defend you.  A misdemeanor theft conviction will stay on your record forever, therefore, it is important to be represented by the right lawyer.  The better prepared you are for your court appearance the more likely it is you will get a favorable outcome.  The best results possible are rarely obtained by just hoping for them.  Get the help you need at Chris S. Boatright, P.A. to get the best results possible.  

Information About Seminole County Misdemeanor Theft Charges

The value of the item or items allegedly stolen determines if a misdemeanor theft charge is a second degree misdemeanor or first degree misdemeanor. 

  • If the value of the stolen property is less than $100, the crime is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail and/or 6 months probation and/or a $500 fine.
  • If the value of the stolen property is $100 or more but less than $300, the crime is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 365 days in jail and/or 12 months probation and/or a $1,000 fine.

Evidence

In order for the State of Florida to prove you committed the crime of misdemeanor theft, the State need’s evidence.  Normally, the law enforcement officer’s report contains a statement of the evidence against you.  However, there may be other evidence in your case which the law enforcement officer failed to document in the report.  It is essential for you and your attorney to review all of the evidence in your case before preparing your defense.  Some important questions are:

  • Were there any witnesses to the incident and if so did they provide a statement?
  • Was the incident recorded by videotape?
  • What is the actual value of the property allegedly stolen?
  • Was the property recovered?

Constitutional Rights

The United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution both guarantee that people be free from self-incrimination.  In order for a person to give up their privilege against self-incrimination the person must do so freely voluntarily and knowingly and that is why a person is normally advised of their Miranda rights after arrest but prior to any questioning by a law enforcement officer.  It is important for you to know if your privilege against self-incrimination was violated.  If your privilege against self-incrimination was violated evidence in your case may be inadmissible.  Some important questions to consider are:

  • Were you questioned by a law enforcement officer after you were arrested?
  • Did you make any statements that are harmful to your case?
  • Were you read your Miranda rights?

Civil Demand Letter

If your alleged misdemeanor theft was from a store then you probably will receive a letter from the store or from a law firm on behalf of the store within 30 days of the alleged misdemeanor theft requesting you to pay $200 to avoid the store suing you to recover loss prevention costs.  This request is a separate matter from the pending criminal case and should be discussed with your lawyer upon receipt.

Seminole County Pretrial Diversion Program For Misdemeanor Theft Charges

There is a deferred prosecution program for selected misdemeanor charges and for selected individuals.  This program is offered by the Office of the State Attorney and supervised by the Seminole County Probation Department.  Successful completion of the Seminole County Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program will result in the dismissal of your charge(s) by the Office of the State Attorney.

Seminole County Pretrial Diversion Program For Second Degree Misdemeanor Theft Charges

Program Details

The program length is 6 months.

You shall report to the diversion office on a monthly basis at a predetermined time set by the pretrial diversion counselor.

You shall refrain from violation of any law (Federal, State or Local).  In the event of a criminal arrest while in the pretrial diversion program you are subject to automatic dismissal from the pretrial diversion program.

You shall associate only with law abiding persons.

You shall work regularly at a lawful occupation; and/or pursue a course of studies as a full-time student.

You shall complete 10 hours of community service.

You shall pay a $3.95 insurance fee to B.O.C.C. prior to coming into community service intake.

You will pay a total program fee of $300.00.  Payments can be made in monthly payments.  The balance due must be paid in full prior to the diversion program date.

You will participate in a theft class.

You will take an active part in any evaluations and recommended counseling and cooperate and attend all scheduled appointments and cooperate with any referrals your counselor recommends.

You will be responsible for any additional costs for any evaluations, counseling and classes.

You will immediately inform the pretrial diversion program of any change in residence or employment.

You will cooperate in verifying any information requested by the pretrial diversion program.  You will promptly and truthfully answer all inquiries directed to you by the Court or the pretrial diversion officer and allow the pretrial diversion officer to visit your home, employment site, or elsewhere and you will comply with all instructions your pretrial diversion officer may give you.

You will not possess, carry, or own any weapons without first procuring the consent of your pretrial diversion officer.

You will pay any restitution.

You will pay cost of investigation

You will pay $50.00 cost of prosecution to The Office of the State Attorney.

You will complete any other special conditions as required by the pretrial diversion program.

The State Attorney may during the period of deferred prosecution, revoke or modify the conditions of your deferred prosecution by:

Changing the period of deferred prosecution.

Prosecuting you for this offense if you violate any of these conditions.

Voiding this agreement should it be determined you have a prior record of adult criminal conviction(s), or criminal involvement, or that you have given false information to the pretrial diversion program staff.

*Please note all program costs and fees are subject to change without notice.*

Seminole County Pretrial Diversion Program For First Degree Misdemeanor Theft Charges

Program Details

The program length is 9 months.

You shall report to the diversion office on a monthly basis at a predetermined time set by the pretrial diversion counselor.

You shall refrain from violation of any law (Federal, State or Local).  In the event of a criminal arrest while in the pretrial diversion program you are subject to automatic dismissal from the pretrial diversion program.

You shall associate only with law abiding persons.

You shall work regularly at a lawful occupation; and/or pursue a course of studies as a full-time student.

You shall complete 20 hours of community service.

You shall pay a $3.95 insurance fee to B.O.C.C. prior to coming into community service intake.

You will pay a total program fee of $450.00.  Payments can be made in monthly payments.  The balance due must be paid in full prior to the diversion program date.

You will participate in a theft class.

You will take an active part in any evaluations and recommended counseling and cooperate and attend all scheduled appointments and cooperate with any referrals your counselor recommends.

You will be responsible for any additional costs for any evaluations, counseling and classes.

You will immediately inform the pretrial diversion program of any change in residence or employment.

You will cooperate in verifying any information requested by the pretrial diversion program.  You will promptly and truthfully answer all inquiries directed to you by the Court or the pretrial diversion officer and allow the pretrial diversion officer to visit your home, employment site, or elsewhere and you will comply with all instructions your pretrial diversion officer may give you.

You will not possess, carry, or own any weapons without first procuring the consent of your pretrial diversion officer.

You will pay any restitution.

You will pay cost of investigation

You will pay $50.00 cost of prosecution to The Office of the State Attorney.

You will complete any other special conditions as required by the pretrial diversion program.

The State Attorney may during the period of deferred prosecution, revoke or modify the conditions of your deferred prosecution by:

Changing the period of deferred prosecution.

Prosecuting you for this offense if you violate any of these conditions.

Voiding this agreement should it be determined you have a prior record of adult criminal conviction(s), or criminal involvement, or that you have given false information to the pretrial diversion program staff.

*Please note all program costs and fees are subject to change without notice.*

Seminole County Misdemeanor Theft Charge Penalties

A conviction for misdemeanor theft can result in many different penalties.  It is important for you to know what penalties you may be facing.  Some of the penalties for a misdemeanor theft conviction may include:

  • Time in Jail
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • Classes
  • Loss of your driving privileges
  • Restitution
  • Cost of Investigation
  • Cost of Prosecution
  • Fines
  • Court Costs

*All program fees and costs are subject to change without notice.*

 

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