Theft crimes vary considerably regarding legal severity. A first-offense misdemeanor theft may result in the suspension of driving privileges. A robbery charge “enhanced” by the use of a firearm can lead to a lifetime prison sentence. All theft convictions result in a criminal record.
Ultimately, all theft/fraud charges must be taken seriously. If you are being accused of theft or fraud in Central Florida, you need to take immediate action to protect your legal rights.
At Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law, our Orlando theft & fraud defense attorneys are strong advocates for clients. As former prosecutors, our lawyers have a comprehensive understanding on all sides of the criminal justice process. If you or a loved one has been arrested for theft or fraud in Orange County, FL, please do not hesitate to contact our Orlando office for a confidential consultation.
Theft & Fraud Cases We Handle in Orange County, FL
If you have been charged with theft in Central Florida, contact the Orlando, Florida, criminal defense law firm of Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law. We are highly experienced in handling all types of theft charges, including:
- Petit Theft
- Grand Theft
- Scheme to Defraud
- Shoplifting Charges
- Identity Theft Charges
- Insurance Fraud
- Failure to Redeliver Hired Vehicle
- Credit Card Fraud & Theft
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Employee Theft
- Bad Checks / Worthless Checks (Uttering a Forged Instrument)
- Exploiting of Elderly
- Fraudulent Use of Personal Identification
- Mail & Wire Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
For experienced and effective legal help following theft charges, Contact the Orlando criminal defense lawyers at 407-377-0150.
Florida Theft/Fraud Charges: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
What Should I Do If I Am Suspected of Theft?
If you are suspected of theft or fraud, you need to consult with an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney immediately. If your case is already at the point at which law enforcement officers are involved, then this becomes even more important.
While it is understandable that you may want to cooperate with law enforcement, you should not answer any questions without your defense attorney present. Remember, the job of the police is to build a theft/fraud case against you. In conducting an investigation, they will be looking for information that justifies your arrest and that can be used to support a criminal conviction. If you have been suspected of a crime, the police will not be looking out for your personal best interests.
What Are the Penalties for Theft/Fraud in Florida?
The penalties for theft and fraud in Florida vary widely. The single biggest factor that affects the potential consequences is the amount in question. The greater the value of the money or property that the defendant is alleged to have stolen, the more harsh the consequences that they are likely to face.
However, there are other factors that can impact the severity of theft/fraud charges as well. For example, certain types of charges such as employee theft or wire fraud may result in additional investigative agencies being involved. In some theft and fraud cases, the charges may even fall under federal jurisdiction. If you were arrested for theft or fraud, or you are currently suspected of perpetrating theft or fraud, your case should be reviewed by an attorney.
Do I Need a Defense Attorney for a Misdemeanor Theft Charge?
Yes. While a misdemeanor is generally a less serious charge than a felony it is major mistake to consider a misdemeanor theft charge to be a ‘minor’ offense. Quite the contrary, a conviction on a misdemeanor theft/fraud charge in Florida could follow you around for the rest of your life. You may even end up going to jail. Further, you will lose your clean record, and you could even be barred from certain future employment opportunities. If you are facing a misdemeanor theft or fraud charge, you should consult with an experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Contact Our Orlando Theft, Fraud Defense Attorneys Today
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, we have handled numerous theft cases ranging from minor shoplifting at Disney World to armed robbery. Importantly, both Andrew Moses and Jay R. Rooth are former prosecutors who are fully familiar with the tactics and limitations used and faced by prosecutors in theft cases.
Our office offers lawyer availability at all times, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, we offer payment plans, off-hour meeting availability, free consultations and even off-site client meetings when necessary. For a no-charge consultation with an experienced theft offense attorney, contact our Orlando office.