It is against the law to steal or damage another party’s property in Florida. These kinds of crimes can be especially serious because an alleged offender may face both criminal prosecution and a civil lawsuit.
A conviction for this type of offense could potentially result in a person being sentenced to several years in prison as well as having to pay significant fines. Furthermore, the effect of this charge on a person’s criminal record can have profound consequences for his or her current or future employment, education, or housing.
If you have been charged with any sort of property or theft crime in Brevard County, you will want to immediately seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. James Coulter has a deep understanding of criminal procedure in Florida because of his respective experiences as an Assistant Public Defender for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit and an Assistant State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter represents clients in and around the Melbourne area, but our firm also helps people who were charged with these offenses while on vacation or simply visiting Melbourne Florida, County of Brevard. You can let us review your case when you call (321) 586-9944 right now to set up a free, confidential consultation.
These types of offenses may involve stealing or damaging someone else’s property, but certain charges can also stem from unlawfully entering or refusing to leave premises. Some of the most common property and theft crimes in Florida include:
The classification or a property of theft crime is often determined by either the amount of the damage involved to another party’s property or the monetary value of the property that was stolen. The possible punishments that may result from a conviction for these charges can include:
Certain alleged offenders may be eligible for a Pretrial Diversion (PTD) program that is offered by the Office of the State Attorney and supervised by Brevard County Community Corrections. If a person successfully completes the PTD program, he or she can avoid criminal prosecution and conviction.
There are fees associated with participating in the PTD program that takes roughly six months to complete, and alleged offenders are also required to take an Impulse Control/ Theft Prevention Class. It is also important to note that an alleged offender does not have to be a resident in order to be eligible for the PTD program, as the Office of the State Attorney can approve out-of-state residents as well.
A person who is charged with a property or theft crime while visiting the Melbourne area should not assume that the criminal matter is resolved because he or she returned stolen property, the amount of damage caused did not seem significant, or the damage was not caused on purpose. Even if you do not live in Brevard County, you are expected to appear in court to address these criminal charges.
A lack of criminal intent is certainly a valid defense against these types of charges, but you will want to make sure that you have a knowledgeable and dedicated legal counsel representing you in these cases. Your lawyer may be able to help you avoid having to make return visits to Florida by obtaining a waiver that allows the attorney to represent you throughout the case.
Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers, Inc. — This organization strives to increase the safety of people in Central Florida by assisting law enforcement agencies and motivating citizens to provide anonymous information on felony crimes through offers of financial rewards. The website allows visitors to submit tips online, find information about upcoming events and view both solved and unsolved cases.
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Florida Auto Theft Intelligence Unit (FATIU) — This nonprofit association includes law enforcement agencies, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, insurance companies, rental vehicle companies, and several other businesses with an interest in the investigation and prevention of crimes related to motor vehicle theft. The website contains information on sponsors, training, and membership.
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) — A nonprofit organization, NASP provides programs like the Shoplifters Alternative Course for adults and the Youth Educational Shoplifting Program for juveniles that aim to reduce recidivism and are used in more than 2,000 jurisdictions nationwide. You can find more information about the programs as well as self-help groups, community services, and recidivism studies on the website.
Were you arrested for a property or theft crime in Brevard County? The The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends clients in Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Indialantic Beach, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Mims, Titusville, Rockledge, West Melbourne, Malabar, and Palm Bay. as well as tourists or visitors who were accused of these criminal offenses in Brevard County and throughout the state of Florida.
James Coulter represents people who have been accused of misdemeanor and felony property or theft offenses, and our firm works tirelessly to get charges reduced or dismissed. Call (321) 586-9944 to have your case reviewed during a free legal consultation.