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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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.
(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.