Backed by 15 Years' Experience as a Former State Prosecutor Specialized in Criminal Defense

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
  • Burglary
  • 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.

Proven Record of Results

Award-Winning Experience on Your Side
  • DUI charge reduced to Reckless Driving DUI
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Possession of Undersize Stone Crab Claws
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • All charges dropped. Loitering and Prowling
  • All charges dropped. Battery Domestic
  • All charges dropped. Battery on Spouse
  • Charge dismissed / diversion / Sealed Grand Theft
  • Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving. DUI
  • All charges dropped and expunged. GAG Grouper Out of Season
  • All charges dropped. Grand Theft

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  • “He was professional, patient, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and compassionate.”

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  • “Tim Hessinger has an impeccable back ground in law with years of experience and it was demonstrated many times during the case in which he represented me.”

    Robert

  • “One of the finest defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay”

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  • “He met every single goal that we had set.”

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  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

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  • “Brilliant and fearless advocate”

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  • “Overall rating 5 STARs-Excellent!!!!”

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  • “Tim is one of the best prosecutors & one of the best trial attorneys I have ever worked with.”

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  • “I could have not made a better investment on my future and that of my family.”

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  • “Tim is well respected within the legal community.”

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  • “All charges being dropped”

    David

  • “I have referred clients to him over the years with the confidence”

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  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

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  • “Far surpassed my expectations”

    Jim

Benefits of Choosing Tim Hessinger for Your Case

Why Clients Are Choosing Us
  1. Confidential, complimentary initial consultations
  2. Accepting calls and cases 24 hours a day
  3. Exclusively devoted to criminal defense
  4. Impressive track record of charge reductions, acquittals, and dismissals
  5. 15 years of experience in the State Attorney's office
  6. Named Prosecutor of the Year in 2004
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