A Daytona Beach retail theft, petit theft or grand theft case can have lasting consequences if proper steps are not taken. If you are a juvenile, student, adult, parent, friend, family member or the one accused of a Daytona Beach shoplifting you should speak with theft attorney Kevin J. Pitts. In many cases steps can be taken to minimize or eliminate the long term effects of a Daytona Beach theft charge. In retail theft cases or petit theft cases that occur in large franchised stores you will often be exposed to what is known as the shake down. It starts with a letter saying you must pay $200 to prevent a civil lawsuit. The second letter will demand more money, have a stronger tone and a shorter time period to pay. The civil penalty is authorized by statute but actual civil litigation is rare. Many of the consequences of a Daytona Beach retail theft case are not immediately apparent. Many retail theft and Daytona Beach petit theft cases will be resolved with minimal sanctions as long as the accused has minimal criminal history. In Florida and nationwide collateral consequences occur after the case is resolved in court. They are not part of the sentence but occur as a result of a theft charge on your record. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts dedicates 100 percent of his practice to criminal defense, DUI and traffic tickets. Daytona Beach retail theft attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Volusia County prosecutor. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney Mr. Pitts has the experience you need to get the best possible result in your case.
Fines and restitution can be assessed if convicted of a theft charge or if adjudication is withheld. Probation and/or jail are also a possibility depending on the accused’s criminal history. In Florida a theft conviction can result in a suspension of your driver’s license. Many careers will be less likely or may be unable to allow you to work if you have a record of theft. Some professional licenses will be revoked or cannot be obtained with a record of theft. Theft can have a negative impact on university admission. A theft conviction can also cause problems with renting or leasing some apartments and can also be a reason to not allow someone to rent property or merchandise. A withhold of adjudication can remove some of the Florida collateral consequences but the federal government may not recognize withholding of adjudication. Theft charges can have serious consequences on immigration status and multiple theft charges can be treated as an aggravated felony subject to deportation under federal law. A prior theft conviction can also be used to impeach future court testimony in Florida and Federal court as a crime of dishonesty. Daytona Beach retail theft attorney Kevin J. Pitts can help minimize the impact of a theft charge on your future. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts handles Daytona Beach petit theft, Daytona Beach retail theft and Daytona Beach grand theft cases. Call today to set up a free consultation.