Theft of or damage to another party’s property in Florida can lead to criminal charges. In many cases, the classification of the specific offense is based on the value of the property involved.
While some people mistakenly believe that these types of criminal charges are not taken all that seriously, the truth is that many property crimes can potentially be charged as felony offenses. As a result, alleged offenders face very serious penalties, including possible imprisonment, fines, and criminal records that can lead to a lifetime of hardships.
Do you believe that you might be the target of an investigation or have you already been arrested for allegedly committing any kind of property offense in Florida? Terrezza Law can fight to get these criminal charges significantly reduced or possibly even completely dismissed.
Pensacola criminal defense attorney John Terrezza aggressively defends clients in Milton, Navarre, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, and several other communities in the greater Pensacola area. Call (850) 764-5291 or complete an online contact form today to receive a free consultation that will let our lawyer review your case.
Property offenses in Florida involve crimes in which a person takes, damages, or otherwise violates the property rights of another party. The intent of an alleged offender is a critical element to many of these types of charges.
Some of the most commonly prosecuted property crimes in the Pensacola area include, but are not limited to:
Escambia County does have a Pretrial Diversion (PTD) Program for first-time offenders. Alleged offenders who qualify for PTD can avoid incarceration by satisfying a certain number of conditions and assignments over the course of several months.
If alleged offenders successfully complete the terms of their PTD programs, their cases will be closed and the criminal charges will be nolle prossed (dismissed). Such programs help reduce work for judges and prosecutors by further limiting the number of cases they must handle.
Not everybody qualifies for PTD programs, which is why it is critical for all alleged offenders to make sure they have a knowledgeable attorney who can help them be admitted to such a program when it is in their best interest.
Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers | Neighborhood Watch Program — Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is primarily funded through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund. The Florida Legislature passed the Florida Crime Stoppers Act in 1998, establishing the fund through the imposition of additional surcharges of $20 on fines for criminal offenses collected by the clerks of the courts for all county and circuit courts. This document from Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers describes how people can organize Neighborhood Watch Programs, what to do when a person observes suspicious activity, and general safety tips. The program was produced in partnership with one of Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers’ sponsors, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Escambia County Sheriff's Office Administration Building
1700 West Leonard Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) | Property Crime — You can view statistics for property crimes in Florida on this website. The graphs and tables cover burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft offenses committed during the 20-year period between 1994 and 2014.
If you were recently arrested or think you might be being investigated for allegedly committing a property offense in Florida, you will want to immediately retain legal counsel. Contact Terrezza Law right now for help securing the best possible outcome to your case with the fewest possible penalties.
John Terrezza is a criminal defense attorney in Pensacola who represents clients throughout Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, Okaloosa County, and Walton County. He will provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (850) 764-5291 or fill out an online contact form for a free, confidential consultation.