When you think about theft crimes during the holidays, most people think about shoplifting. You may have heard of Jacksonville burglary crimes that occur around Christmas. People will break into homes and steal the presents that are under the tree. The shopping malls are packed. Shoplifting seems to occur more often during the holiday months. Yesterday, I read an article on News4jax.com. It was a strange Christmas theft case. The article was titled “Baby Jesus, donkey stolen from Frostproof nativity scene.” As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I thought that I had heard everything. I have heard of people stealing Christmas decorations from people’s yards. I have never heard of a case where someone stole something from a nativity scene. It was also strange that the Florida theft occurred at City Hall. The article stated:
“Baby Jesus and a wooden donkey were stolen from the nativity scene of a central Florida city, prompting officials to offer a cash reward for their return. Polk County sheriff’s deputies said the plastic doll and “realistic” painted plywood donkey were taken from Frostproof City Hall. Deputies are offering a cash reward for information leading to the return of the doll and 4-foot-by-6-foot donkey, which were both stolen over the weekend from the nativity scene on B Street West and Scenic Highway. The items were last seen around 6 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said the stolen items can be returned to Frostproof City Hall at 111 First St. in Frostproof.”
The theft charge may be for petty theft or grand theft. What is the Difference Between Jacksonville Grand Theft and Petit Theft? Florida theft charges will either be misdemeanors or felonies. It usually depends on the amount that you are accused of stealing. If you have been accused of stealing something valued at less than $300, this is petty theft in Florida. A Jacksonville petty theft charge is a misdemeanor. This is also known as petit theft. Jacksonville grand theft charges are felony charges. The Jacksonville theft law is in Florida Statute 812.014.
If you were arrested for theft, you may be able to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record. If you want to seal or expunge your Florida record, you must be eligible under either Florida Statute 943.0585 and 943.059.
A theft charge may result in your Florida drivers license being suspended. This could lead to Jacksonville driving on a suspended license charge. Read Jacksonville Drivers License Suspended for Theft for more information.
If you need to talk to a Jacksonville criminal attorney about a Florida theft charge, call (904) 564-2525 or send an email (click on Find a Lawyer). If you have been charged with any crime, a Jacksonville criminal lawyer at 20 Miles Law may be able to help you.