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.

How is Theft Defined in Florida?

Theft is the use or obtaining of another person's property with the intent to withhold or to take over said property. The intent in theft may be to obtain said property for a temporary or a permanent time period.

Can My Theft Charges Be Defended?

Possible defenses of a theft charge may Include:

  • Consent given by the owner of the property
  • Involuntary intoxication
  • Good faith belief of owning or the right to possess the property

What is the Difference Between Grand Theft and Petty Theft?

  • Petty Theft typically entails the stealing of property valued between less than $100 and $300
  • Grand Theft typically entails the stealing of property valued above $300

What Are The Possible Penalties of Petty Theft?

Those charged for First-Degree or Second-Degree Petty Theft may face:

  • Up to 1 year in prison
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • An elevated Third-Degree Felony charge, if charged twice for theft

What Are The Possible Penalties of Grand Theft?

Those charged for First-Degree or Second-Degree Grand Theft may face:

  • Up to 30 years in prison
  • Up to a $10,000 fine

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
  • All charges dropped. 2 Counts Battery
  • Reduced to 3 Counts. Wh/Adj 3 years probation. 5 Counts Possession of Child Pornography
  • Reduced to 2 counts. Wh/Adj and probation. 9 Counts - Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
  • All charges Dropped. Aggravated Assault With Motor Vehicle
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • Reduced to Misd. Battery. Adjudication Withheld. Aggravated Battery
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon)
  • All charges dropped. Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Child Abuse

Our Clients Share Their Experience

Your Story Matters & We're Here to Help You
  • “I could have not made a better investment on my future and that of my family.”

    Former Client

  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

    Former Client

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

    Former Client

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

    Legal Professional

  • “Brilliant and fearless advocate”

    Legal Professional

  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

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

    Anthony

  • “All charges being dropped”

    David

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

    Legal Professional

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

    Legal Professional

  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    Former Client

  • “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

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

    Diane C.

  • “Mr. Hessinger was extremely thorough, thoughtful and most of all gave me a sense of security knowing that I was in the most capable of hands.”

    Dave

  • “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
Let's Get Started On Your Case
  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
    Please enter your email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
    Please enter your phone number.
    You entered an invalid number.
  • Please select an option.
  • Please enter a message.