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Each lawyer in this firm has more than 25 years experience practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas, including Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union and Gilchrist Counties.

(352) 378-1107

1800 N. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Fax (352) 378-0103
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Theft & Fraud

Theft may include the outright taking of property with the intent to keep it (such as shoplifting) or the temporary “borrowing” or use of property with no intent to keep the property (“joyriding”).  Theft may be charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail, all the way up to a first degree felony punishable by 30 years, depending on the circumstances.  The level and penalty for the crime charged may depend on the amount, value, or the type of property taken, the vulnerability of the victim, or the prior history of the alleged offender.  “Property” may be an object, money, or an idea, like a trade secret.  

Fraud, a form of theft, involves obtaining property by deceit, such as the providing of false information in a commercial transaction to obtain property or information.

Both criminal allegations  can be deeply embarrassing and damaging to reputations and livelihoods.

How may an attorney assist you with a charge of theft or fraud?

Retaining a knowledgeable and experienced attorney early in the process may resolve misunderstandings or uncover important facts in an accused’s defense.  Diversion and restitution solutions may be negotiated early to avoid criminal liability.   Overly aggressive law enforcement may be calmed with prompt provision of exculpatory information and a criminal prosecution diverted to a more appropriate place for civil dispute resolution.

Hire an experienced and competent Gaineville theft or fraud defense lawyer at DeThomasis and Buchanan to protect your rights, ensure accountability of the prosecution and preserve your defenses.