Florida grand theft is a felony. The level of the felony will depend on the amount stolen. If you are arrested for stealing less than $300, this is Florida petit theft. It is a misdemeanor. Grand theft is not an unusual charge. I have defended adults and juveniles in Jacksonville for theft related charges. Although the charge itself is not unusual, there are some unusual Florida theft cases. For example, three men were arrested for trying to steal a chicken. The men “were arrested after they allegedly stole a 9-foot-tall chicken statue, strapped it to their truck, and went for a joyride, police said. The escapade began at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, when a resident in Florida’s Putnam County saw three people stealing the chicken statue.” According to the sheriff’s office, the three men “hooked the chicken to a Chevrolet truck.” They then drove down the road with it for approximately one mile. “Then, one of the suspects mounted the statue and rode it. After that, the suspects unhooked the chicken and fled the scene.” The next day, three men were arrested. Tyler Lee Jones is 21 years old. Darrin Luke Edwards is 19 years old. James Joseph Smith is 18 years old. They were arrested for grand theft of the chicken. Edwards was also charged with violation of probation in Florida. (upi.com)
While it may seem funny at the time, these are serious charges. This practical joke will end up costing a lot of money. These men will need to pay for the damage to the chicken statue. This is called restitution. They will likely hire a Florida criminal lawyer. That will cost them. There may be court costs or other fees. They are also very young men. They will want to seal or expunge their Florida records. They are between the ages of 18 and 21. It is natural to make mistakes, and they do not want a Florida criminal background ruining their futures.