Being arrested or charged for a theft or fraud charge in Florida is extremely serious and not only could damage your reputation, but also carry heavy penalties including imprisonment and large fines.
If you are stressed or overwhelmed by the charges against you for theft or fraud, an attorney at Goldman Wetzel can assist you. We understand that the consequences of these charges could have a damaging effect on you and your family’s lives.
At Goldman Wetzel, we advocate for the individuals charged with theft crimes in Pinellas Park. It is our priority to make sure that your rights are protected and that you have the best possible defense. Do not put your future and freedom at risk. Call our team today at (727) 828-3900 for a free case evaluation.
Most Common Pinellas Park Theft Crimes
Usually, theft and white-collar crimes are not violent crimes. However, that does not mean the penalties for being convicted are not serious. A theft lawyer in Pinellas Park can defend you in the following types of cases:
The most common types of white-collar crimes are credit card fraud, bank and loan fraud, mortgage fraud, ATM deposit fraud, altered checks, fraudulent loans, insurance fraud, counterfeiting, Social Security fraud, and computer-related crimes.
White-collar fraud and theft could mean penalties of up to 15 years and a fine of $10,000 for a second-degree felony charge. Bankruptcy fraud carries a five-year prison term and up to $250,000 in fines.
Burglary and Robbery
Burglary, as defined by Florida statute, is illegal entry into a dwelling, structure, or conveyance with the intention of committing a crime. Usually, the crime being committed is theft.
Florida statute defines a dwelling as a place that people inhabit or live. A structure is usually a business, and a conveyance is personal property such as a car, boat, or trailer.
Robbery is different than burglary in that during a robbery, force is typically used against a victim directly. In a burglary, the victim is usually not confronted by the burglar. Depending on the circumstances of the event, a burglary is a first-, second-, or third-degree felony charge.
Embezzlement refers to the crime of taking property that someone does not have the right to take. An embezzlement case could mean that the person had authorized access to the property but used it or stole it for financial gain.
Penalties for embezzlement depends on the valued amount of the property but generally range from a second-degree misdemeanor for less than $100 to up to a first-degree felony for amounts of $100,000 or more.
Facing a grand theft charge means that a person allegedly unlawfully took property that is worth $300 to up to $100,000 or more. First-, second- and third-degree grand theft, each carries its own range of serious penalties.
Identify theft refers to the act of taking a person’s identity to obtain credit, steal money from bank accounts, apply for loans, lease property, file bankruptcy, or gain employment. The details of the individual charge could mean a felony charge, up to a $10,000 fine, and up to a 30-year prison sentence.
Your Rights If You Have Been Arrested or Charged With Theft
The Bill of Rights, as part of the constitution, consists of amendments that are meant to protect those who have been charged with a crime. Your theft lawyer in Pinellas Park can defend your rights under:
The Fourth Amendment
This amendment addresses the illegal search and seizure. Evidence cannot be discovered or taken by law enforcement without a warrant that specifically addresses the evidence that is being searched for and why they are searching for it.
The Fifth Amendment
When you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you have the right under the Fifth Amendment to say nothing at all or, more specifically, nothing that could incriminate you. You can exercise your right by declining to talk to the police without an attorney at your side during questioning.
The Sixth Amendment
The Sixth Amendment includes, but is not limited to, a right to a speedy trial, a defense lawyer, and an impartial jury of your peers.
Your rights are very important when you have been arrested or charged with a theft crime in Pinellas Park. A theft crime lawyer at Goldman Wetzel can defend your rights and ensure that they are upheld according to the law.
Be sure to listen to the officer carefully when you are being read your Miranda rights. Then, in a polite manner, simply tell the officer you do not wish to make a statement until your attorney from Goldman Wetzel is present.
At a certain point, you will be given the right to make a phone call. The sooner you call Goldman Wetzel, the sooner we can get the work for you. For a free evaluation of your case, call (727) 828-3900.
How a Theft Lawyer in Pinellas Park Can Help You
As a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office, Goldman understands the other side. Wetzel is a career defense lawyer with a history of advocating for those charged with serious crimes in Pinellas Park.
As a team, we listen to your case and note every detail. It is very important to us what outcome you would like to see happen for your case. We understand that the consequences you face could have a significant impact on your life and that of your family.
We can work with the prosecution to make sure you are not viewed as “just another criminal.” In addition, our comprehensive legal research and teamwork are what helps us discover the best defense for the most desired outcome.
Call Goldman Wetzel for a free case evaluation at (727) 828-3900.