Petit theft (also called “petty theft) in Jacksonville is a misdemeanor. If the value of what is stolen is under $100.00, the theft is considered a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail. If the value of the property taken is valued at $100.00 or more but less than $300.00, the crime is considered a first degree misdemeanor. First degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail.
If you have never been arrested before and are accused of a petty theft, the police can give you a Notice to Appear in Jacksonville. This is a citation for a criminal violation. It is issued instead of the actual theft arrest being made. If you are issued a Notice to Appear in Jacksonville, you must make a court date within 10 days from the issuance of the citation. If you do receive a Notice to Appear for any crime, you should contact a Jacksonville Notice to Appear Attorney to discuss the possible implications of the citation.