Theft Offenses in Pinellas County
St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer
Theft is more often an impulse, crime of opportunity or unintentional act than a deliberately planned crime. Many people facing theft charges were not aware of all the serious consequences. But it is a crime — maybe even a felony. Now that you have been arrested, you will need skilled representation to undo the damage. You are in good hands. Tim Hessinger is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office. Our firm knows how to cast doubt on the allegations and we are familiar with court programs to avoid jail and a criminal record.
Theft Charges — What Penalties Are You Facing?
The criminal penalties for theft depend on several factors, including the dollar amount, the type of crime and your criminal history. We can explain whether you are facing a petty theft, a misdemeanor or a felony crime. The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger has handled all levels of theft charges:
- Shoplifting/retail theft
- Felony theft (two prior theft convictions)
- Grand theft (value over $300)
- Receiving stolen property
- Auto theft
- Worthless checks
- "Dine and dash" or gas drive-off
- Theft by embezzlement or fraud (involving hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars)
A theft conviction can mean jail, driver's license suspension and a criminal record that affects employment, college or professional licenses.
Limiting the Consequences of Theft Charges
Our goal is have clients walk away from first offense theft charges with no criminal record, if possible. Through diversion programs, charges may be dismissed in exchange for restitution, community service and/or successful probation.
For felony theft and grand theft, our primary emphasis is avoiding jail or prison. If the prosecution cannot connect you to the crime (security cameras, witnesses, stolen property), or if police violated your rights in a search or arrest, we move for dismissal of charges. Otherwise, we can often negotiate a plea to a misdemeanor offense, or arrange for non-jail alternatives such as community control (house arrest).
Tim Hessinger is an experienced criminal trial lawyer who is ready and able to take any case to trial. He has tried almost 200 jury trials collectively. Contact The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger at (888) 863-7415 or
contact us online to discuss theft charges and options in your case. We offer a
free initial consultation and accept credit cards.