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Theft Crimes


Miami Theft Crimes
Miami theft crimes range from shoplifting to armed robbery, and can carry hefty prison terms depending on the circumstances. If you are charged with any of the following theft crimes Miami attorneys can help build your case. It is important to contact your attorney prior to speaking to law enforcement officials about the crime.

Armed Robbery
Robbery is theft using force, violence or the threat of violence. Armed robbery is charged when a weapon is involved; the weapon needs only to be in the possession of the defendant at the time of the crime and not necessarily used or even shown to the victim. Armed robbery is one of the most serious theft crimes Miami attorneys work with. If a deadly weapon or firearm is involved, the crime is a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison. If the weapon is not deadly, the penalty is up to 30 years in prison. Armed robbery by sudden snatching is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Burglary
Burglary is often referred to as “breaking and entering,” and is a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, depending on the circumstances and the value of the property taken. This crime involves entering another person’s property with the intent of committing theft. The possession of burglary tools with the intent of trespassing is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Dealing in Stolen Property
Trafficking stolen property is a felony offense. Depending on the circumstances, the penalty for dealing in stolen property is 15 to 30 years in prison.

Embezzlement involves the theft of money that has been entrusted to one’s care. Depending on the amount of money embezzled and other circumstances, this crime may be charged as a state or Federal crime; the penalty varies widely, also depending on the circumstances.

Identity Theft
Identity theft is the crime of using another person’s information, including their bank account and social security number. Generally, identity theft is committed for the purpose of financial gain or to avoid arrest or deportation. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, identity theft may result in a prison term of 5 to 30 years.

Motor Vehicle Theft
Motor vehicle theft is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. If the vehicle has a value of over $100,000, the charge is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

One of the most common Miami theft crimes is shoplifting, which is the taking of merchandise from a store without paying for it. Depending on the value of the theft, shoplifting is charged as a second degree misdemeanor, a first degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony. The penalty ranges from up to 60 days in jail to 5 years in prison.