On Decemeber 15, 2011, Adam Blair Halstead was arrested for Jacksonville grand theft. He was charged with employee theft in Jacksonville under Florida Statute 812.014(2)(B). He was accused of stealing $20,000 or more but less than $100,000 under this Florida theft law.
Halstead was working at the Metro, a gay and lesbian nightclub in the riverside area of Jacksonville, Florida. The Jacksonville riverside nightclub’s co-owner, Jerry Rosenberg, accused Halstead of Florida employee theft. Rosenberg alleged that Halstead committed Florida employee theft for allegedly “stealing more than $15,000 in drink receipts between July and mid-November,” according to his Jacksonville arrest report. Rosenberg told Jacksonville police officers “Halstead, who worked for him for about two years, persuaded him to install a new cash register system in June.” In support of his Jacksonville employee theft accusation, Rosenberg stated, “Halstead was the only person with intricate knowledge of the system’s mechanics.” He told the police that Halstead committed Jacksonville theft as an employee when “the money disappeared after drinks were rung up and then voided or credited back at a later time.” Halstead denied the Jacksonville employee theft allegation and that he stole from his employer in Jacksonville. (Jacksonville.com)
Jacksonville Theft can be petty theft or grand theft in Florida. Jacksonville petty theft, which is also called Jacksonville petit theft under Florida law, is a misdemeanor. Jacksonville grand theft is a felony charge. Whether a Jacksonville theft charge is a misdemeanor or felony charge will depend on the amount of money or the value of the property that you are accused of stealing in Florida. When it comes to a Jacksonville theft crimes, $300.00 is the threshold amount. If the amount stolen in Jacksonville is less than $300.00, the charge will be Jacksonville petit theft. If you are caught stealing or shoplifting $300.00 or more, you will be arrested for Jacksonville grand theft.
According the the Florida Times Union, in Halstead’s Jacksonville employee theft case, he was accused of stealing over $15,000 from his boss. I am assuming that he was accused of taking at least $20,000, because he was charged with a higher-degree of Jacksonville grand theft. If he would have been accused of stealing $15,000.00 from the Jacksonville riverside night club, he would have been charged with Jacksonville grand theft as a Florida third-degree felony. Since he was accused of stealing $20,000 or more, he was charged with Jacksonville grand theft as a second-degree felony.
When it comes to a Florida grand theft arrest in St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, or Duval County, the prosecutor must be able to prove that someone arrested for Florida grand theft actually stole the amount in controversy. In Halstead’s case, the Duval County state attorney could not do this. His Jacksonville theft lawyer was able to show the prosecutor this. The Florida Times Union reported, “Records provided by the State Attorney’s Office Wednesday said an investigation found ‘there is insufficient evidence to prove that [Halstead] himself stole a specific amount of money that would constitute grand theft.’”
Halstead should talk to a Jacksonville record sealing lawyer to expunge his Florida criminal record and erase this Jacksonville theft charge from his Florida criminal background. Even though the Jacksonville grand theft charge was dropped, it will still show up on a Florida background check, so he should expunge his Florida criminal record.
If you have been arrested for theft in Jacksonville or the surrounding areas and need to talk to a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney, contact a Jacksonville criminal lawyer at 20 Miles Law. A Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer may also be able to help you seal or expunge your Florida criminal record.