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Panama City Theft Crime Lawyer

Experienced Defense Against Theft Crimes in Florida 

The criminal offense of theft carries not only the potential sanctions of jail, fines, restitution, and probation but also the stigma associated with having a robbery, “a crime of dishonesty,” on your criminal record. A theft on your criminal record can affect everything from your career and educational opportunities to whether a landlord will refuse a rental contract. Early intervention may determine whether a theft charge will be prosecuted. This is especially true in a theft case. Panama City theft crimes defense lawyer Rusty Shepard handles theft allegations pre-charge and after the charges have been filed in court.


Are you facing theft charges in Florida? Call Shepard Law today at (850) 215-5200 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our theft crime attorney in Panama City!

Panama City Theft Crime Report

Theft crimes are very common both in the Panama City area and statewide. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that, acts of larceny occurred once every minute in 2011, a burglary was committed every three minutes, and a car was stolen every thirteen minutes.

There were 5,472 larceny offenses in Bay County last year, a figure which includes crimes such as:

  • Grand theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Stealing bicycles
  • Theft from buildings
  • Theft of auto parts

The most common type of theft was theft from a motor vehicle (a.k.a. grand theft auto). Burglary was also widespread, with a total of 1,646 offenses in the Panama City area. FDLE estimates the value of goods stolen in Bay County in 2011 alone to be $7,833,766.

Start Your Defense With our theft crime attorney today

There are many ways to fight theft charges, but the key is getting started immediately after the arrest. If the case is still under investigation and you are wanted for questioning regarding a theft, it is essential to remember that the state will be required to prove the charge against you and that you are presumed innocent. The most accessible way for the state to confirm the charge is for the accused to make a statement that can either be proven false or lead to a confession. Before questioning, it is highly recommended that you confer with a lawyer who will advise you on the “pros” and “cons” of giving a statement, given the circumstances surrounding the case.

Many theft cases are successfully defended by showing the accused had reason to believe that he or she had been given permission to take the item or that the accused was wrongfully identified as a suspect. Often, even if the state can prove the charge, there may be ways to avoid criminal prosecution (through pre-trial intervention, “PTI”).

 


Contact Shepard Law  today to schedule a FREE confidential consultation with our theft crime Lawyer in Panama City!


 

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