The Koger Building
Corner of 9th Street North & Gandy Blvd.
9721 Executive Center Drive North, Suite 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
The Pinellas county auto theft attorneys in our office are former state prosecutors and well experienced in defending clients who are charged with Grand Theft Auto Offenses. (Found in Florida Statutes section 812.014) If you are accused of stealing a car or your conduct was limited to “joy riding,” we are lawyers who can help.
Third Degree Felony: if value of the vehicle stolen was less than $20,000.00 (Penalties include up to five years state prison and up to $5,000.00 fine).
Second Degree Felony: if value of the vehicle stolen was greater than $20,000.00, but less than $100,000. (Penalties include up to fifteen years state prison and up to $10,000.00 fine).
First Degree Felony: if value of the vehicle stolen was greater than $100,000.00. (Penalties include up to thirty years state prison and up to $25,000.00 fine).
There are approximately 750,000 vehicles stolen nationwide each year. Local police agencies have likewise seen a rising number of arrests for this charge. It is important to make a comprehensive examination of the underlying facts and circumstances of your specific case. Our investigation can sometimes reveal:
Our office is often contacted by parents whose child has fallen prey to peer pressure or exercised poor judgment in taking a vehicle that belonged to someone else on a “joy ride.” You should know that juvenile cases are handled differently in the criminal justice system than adult offenses. A mistake that parents often make is to underestimate the impact of a juvenile being charged with stealing a motor vehicle. Yet, your child’s freedom is at stake since they are subject to being sentenced to a detention center. In addition, juvenile arrests can have a tremendous impact on your child’s ability to be accepted into college, earn valuable scholarships, and obtain meaningful employment as an adult. Particularly, since the theft of an automobile is a felony offense and a crime involving dishonesty. For these reasons, if your son or daughter has been accused of a criminal offense, it is imperative that you immediately seek the advice and assistance of an attorney experienced in the Pinellas County Juvenile Court system.
Juvenile court judges typically have much broader discretion than adult court judges. Because of this, the outcomes or final “dispositions” in a juvenile Grand Theft Auto cases can vary greatly. In addition, depending on the age of the juvenile, Florida law may permit the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office to “certify” your child’s case up to adult court. Our office can design tasks for the juvenile to reflect his positive attitude, respect for the law and amenability toward rehabilitation. These can often go a long way in our efforts to achieve the optimum outcome.
Under Florida Statute Section 812.155 it is a felony to intentionally maintain possession of a rental car after the expiration of your rental agreement. Because this is a “specific intent” crime, there are times when poor communications or oversight can be raised as a defense to this crime.
This charge is considered a crime of violence since it requires a showing that in the commission of the offense you used force, assault or threats to temporarily or permanently take possession of a motor vehicle from another person. (Florida Statute Section 812.133) Carjacking in Florida is a first degree felony punishable by up to thirty years in state prison and up to a $25,000.00 fine. Proving the identity of the perpetrator can sometimes be an issue for the prosecutor. There are greatly enhanced penalties, if it is proven that a firearm or other deadly weapon was used during the offense. These include a minimum four year state prison sentence, up to life imprisonment and a $25,000.00 fine.
If you have been arrested in Clearwater, St. Petersburg or the surrounding areas of Pinellas County, our team of former state prosecutors can help. The consultation is free. Let us put our extensive background and experience to work for you. Call our office at (727) 578-0303 and speak to us today!