Felony charges for theft are broken up into levels of degrees in Okaloosa & Walton County. They are:
- Third degree (F3), punishable by up to 5 years prison;
- Second degree (F2), punishable by up to 15 years prison,and;
- First degree (F1), punishable by up to 30 years prison
And with second degree and first degree offenses, you will get a mandatory felony conviction and designation.
If it is alleged that you and an accomplice were working in concert during the theft, your charges may be based on the TOTAL amount of the items added up between all co-defendants. Here the individuals are not treated separately. Many times, this will result in a misdemeanor charge being enhanced to Felony Grand Theft.
- Felony Petit Theft may be charged, regardless of the valued amount of the stolen item if the defendant has two prior theft convictions. (F3)
- Grand Theft (3rd Degree) may be charged when the valued amount of the item(s) total between $300-$20,000. (F3)
- Grand Theft (2nd Degree) may be charged when the valued amount of the item(s) total between $20,000-$100,000. (F2)
- Grand Theft (1st Degree) may be charged when the valued amount of the item(s) total $100,000 or more. (F1)
One other note: there are more categories of theft crimes under Florida Statutes. For example, certain items like firearms (guns, rifles, pistols) carry enhanced penalties, regardless of value. Also, the specific location of where the item was stolen also may trigger enhanced penalties.
If you or a family member has been arrested on felony theft charges in Destin, Fort Walton or any other locale in Okaloosa County or Walton County, call Shawn Lupella at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation so we can review the situation.