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Sarasota Theft and Property Crimes Attorney

What are property crimes?

Property crimes are, as the name implies, crimes involving the theft, damage, or destruction of property. The most common charges in Sarasota and Manatee are trespass, theft, and burglary. Florida also has a charge called "criminal mischief" which is otherwise known as vandalism and involves the destruction or damage of property. Other common property crimes include dealing in stolen property and defrauding a pawnbroker.

What are the possible consequences of a property crime?

The severity of property crimes often depends on the value of the property involved. If the value of the property alleged stolen is less than $300, then you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor petit theft. If the value of the property alleged stolen is more than $300, then you will likely be facing a felony grand theft. Likewise, if you are accused of causing more than $1000 of damage to property, you will likely be charged with felony criminal mischief. Misdemeanor criminal mischief involves damage to property that is less than $1000. The severity of a burglary charge varies depending on what was allegedly burgled. The punishment for a structure or conveyance (a car, for example) is far less than that of a house. The severity also varies depending on whether a person was in the structure, conveyance or dwelling at the time. With any property crime, the state may also ask for restitution. In other words, the state may ask the defendant to pay the victim the amount of money the property was worth or the amount it cost to fix the damage.

How can Soler & Slack, P.A. help you?

The attorneys at Soler & Slack, P.A. have extensive experience in dealing with a myriad of property crimes. We will investigate your case to determine if the State can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed. We will conduct depositions to gauge the strength or weakness of the State's case and determine whether the alleged victim is truly willing to come forward. We will ensure that you are not over-charged and that any restitution requested by the State is warranted. We will present any and all defenses that you may have and aggressively represent your interests in the courtroom. Call to set up a free consultation. The sooner you call the sooner we can start building your defense.

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