Thefts on the Rise with Bad Economy

America’s poor economy is linked to a rise in novice thefts. People who are normally law-abiding citizens are turning to amateur thefts to supplement their incomes. According to the article, The Retail Industry Leaders Association reports an 84% increase in amateur crimes, such as petty thefts, among stores.

In Jacksonville and all of Florida, the crime of petty theft is a misdemeanor. That means it is punishable for up to one year in jail. If the item or items stolen are worth over $300.00, the charges can be upgraded to Grand Theft. This is a third degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison.

If you have any questions about theft arrests and charges in Jacksonville, Florida, contact our Jacksonville Theft Attorneys at (904) 634-0900. We offer free consultations with experienced Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.