The Most Aggressive And Effective Theft Defense Attorney In The Tampa Area
If you or a loved one have been accused of committing a property crime in Tampa, you should know your rights and know that Mike G Law is here to help.
Even non-violent property crimes can result in jail time or hefty fines—which means that keeping your freedom may rely on having an effective property crime defense attorney at your side. When you reach out to Mike G Law for help, we will work to protect your rights, judgment-free.
We represent ALL people accused of burglary, theft and other property crimes—and we will stand with you, too.
Types of Property Crimes
Property crime is an umbrella term that includes offenses related to damaging, stealing, or entering another person’s personal property without permission. Personal property includes belongings and items (such as electronics, jewelry, etc.), vehicles (cars, bikes, etc.), as well as land and buildings (homes, farms, etc.).
Some common types of property crimes include:
- Petit theft. Stealing money or goods typically worth less than $750. Also called petty theft or retail theft.
- Grand theft. Stealing money or goods valued at over $750
- Burglary. Entering another person’s car or home without permission in order to steal or commit another crime
- Robbery. Using a threat of force in order to steal money or goods.
- Trespassing. Entering another’s property without permission or staying after being asked to leave.
- Criminal mischief. Includes vandalism, graffiti, and damaging someone else’s personal property.
- Dealing in stolen property. Selling stolen property, including unauthorized copies of movies or TV, knock-off clothing, or goods that were stolen by someone else. Also called bootlegging.
- Arson. Willfully setting fire or causing an explosion to a property, even if it is abandoned or not inhabited.
Fines, Sentencing & Consequences for Property Crimes in Tampa
Consequences for property crimes are based on the value of what was stolen or damaged, as well as if any persons were injured or threatened during the act. As outlined in Florida Statute § 775.082, penalties may involve community services, fines or even jail time.
- Misdemeanors involve jail sentences of less than 1 year and fines of up to $1,000.
- Felonies involve jail sentences of more than 1 year (with a maximum of 30 years) and fines of up to to $20,000.
Individuals can also be charged for attempting to commit a crime, as well as for other crimes that may occur in the process. Each case is different, so it is important to have a defense attorney who pays attention to the specifics of your case and circumstances.
Here at Mike G Law, I will fight to ensure you’re given a fair trial after your arrest and won’t let the courts or prosecutors push you around. I will challenge everything about the case and use my experience and reputation to fight for the best possible outcome for your charges.
Why You Need an Experienced Defense Lawyer On Your Side
If you or a loved one in your family is facing a criminal charge for a misdemeanor or felony property crime or theft in Hillsborough County or elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area, call us here at Mike G Law.
As a former prosecutor, I know how the state attorney’s office prepares and prosecutes property cases. I also know that police often overstep their boundaries regarding illegal search and seizure to collect evidence of stolen property.
Assistant state attorneys (prosecutors) frequently pursue maximum criminal charges and sentences when aggressively prosecuting these types of cases. It is not uncommon for individuals to face time in jail or prison for misunderstandings about property ownership when treatment options would be a more appropriate resolution to the charges.
A good defense lawyer can advocate on your behalf and stand up for your rights in court—and at Mike G Law, our team will not let your case go by the wayside.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Many cases of theft and property crime are related to substance abuse and mental health disorders. If you have been arrested for a property crime and are struggling with mental health, you may have more options than the prosecutors would lead you to believe. Florida residents may pursue mental health court for appropriate treatment instead of jail time. The team here at Mike G Law can help you navigate this process.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If your charges are related to drug or alcohol abuse or mental health, I will work with the prosecutor to find a program to get you the help you need while avoiding a conviction on your record, upon successful completion.
Call my office at 813-221-4303 or click here to contact me to arrange a free case evaluation today.