Shoplifting

Shoplifting is sometimes called by statute “retail theft.” Shoplifting
statutes criminalize theft largely according to
Petit Theft and
Grand Theft statutes. Generally, if the value amount of items taken is under $ 300.00,
it is considered Petit Theft; $ 300.00 or more and it is considered Grand
Theft. Florida law includes heavy fines and severe criminal penalties,
including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and
maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi has represented
numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, Shoplifting
offenses by State authorities. His experience and knowledge serves as
an invaluable asset to his clients.

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State Shoplifting offense, contact our office at (305) 770-6550.

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Florida Shoplifting offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
State and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida Statutes
criminalizing Shoplifting include:

812.015 Retail and farm theft; transit fare evasion; mandatory fine; alternative
punishment; detention and arrest; exemption from liability for false arrest;
resisting arrest; penalties.—

(8) Except as provided in subsection (9), a person who commits retail theft
commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.082, s.
775.083, or s.
775.084, if the property stolen is valued at $300 or more, and the person:

(a) Individually, or in concert with one or more other persons, coordinates
the activities of one or more individuals in committing the offense, in
which case the amount of each individual theft is aggregated to determine
the value of the property stolen;

(b) Commits theft from more than one location within a 48-hour period,
in which case the amount of each individual theft is aggregated to determine
the value of the property stolen;

(c) Acts in concert with one or more other individuals within one or more
establishments to distract the merchant, merchant’s employee, or law enforcement
officer in order to carry out the offense, or acts in other ways to coordinate
efforts to carry out the offense; or

(d) Commits the offense through the purchase of merchandise in a package
or box that contains merchandise other than, or in addition to, the merchandise
purported to be contained in the package or box.

(9) A person commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.082, s.775.083, or s.
775.084, if the person:

(a) Violates subsection (8) and has previously been convicted of a violation
of subsection (8); or

(b) Individually, or in concert with one or more other persons, coordinates
the activities of one or more persons in committing the offense of retail
theft where the stolen property has a value in excess of $3,000.