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Whether our client is a careless tourist who wandered out of a shop while carrying unpaid merchandise and was charged with shoplifting, or an Orlando worker charged with breaking into a car and stealing cash and credit cards, our criminal defense firm is equally committed to their defense against theft charges in the Florida justice system. We are available to represent people throughout Florida including Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Ocala, Daytona Beach, Windermere, Bay Hill and Jupiter.

Statements made to law enforcement officials without counsel can have disastrous consequences. If you have been arrested or charged with theft, it is important that you seek advice from your lawyer before speaking with police, prosecutors, or witnesses. Contact our Orlando criminal defense law office for advice about who to speak with and what to say.

In talking to the authorities without an attorney, a person risks:

1. Giving an incorrect answer due to an honest lapse of memory
2. Miscommunication resulting from either the person's or officer's misunderstanding of the questions or answers.
3. Intentional misrepresentation of the person's statement by the officer.

Any one of these events may adversely affect the person under investigation by increasing the likelihood of authorities filing criminal charges and obtaining an indictment. Serious crimes, including property / theft crimes, involve a bad intent on the part of the defendant. One of the major ways the prosecution proves bad intent is through statements given during interviews which are claimed to be admissions or lies.


Theft crimes include embezzlement, shoplifting, identity theft, receiving stolen property, robbery, burglary, and larceny. Theft of property under $300 is a 2nd degree misdemeanor, with penalties as high as 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. If the stolen property has a value over $300, penalties range from 5 to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

In addition to fines, incarceration, restitution, and probation, a felony theft or misdemeanor theft conviction may result in the loss of eligibility for student loans and professional licenses, and can impact advancement opportunities in the military, among other things.


  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Larceny
  • Robbery
  • Armed Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Shoplifting
  • Identity Theft
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Credit Card Theft
  • Writing Stolen Checks / Forgery
  • Writing Bad Checks

Some theft charges fall under the category of White Collar Crime, an area our firm has focused on since 1980.

Our criminal lawyers will discuss your charges and possible outcomes with you. When representing clients charged with theft, burglary, robbery, shoplifting, larceny, and other property crimes, we investigate the facts and the evidence, negotiate with law enforcement and the court for dismissal or reduction of charges, and when necessary to obtain a favorable result, aggressively defend them at trial and on appeal.

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential that you immediately seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, PA

Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A.
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