Since the July 17 theft of a smartphone, a security application on the Galaxy phone led officers to the alleged thief. The phone was reported as being stolen from inside the owner's car at a Lakeland medical center. The app on the phone, however, is one that takes a picture of whoever attempts to use the phone. Sure enough, that app took a surprise selfie of a 62-year-old Lakeland woman. Officers arrested her at her home, where the phone was found in her possession. She faces charges of burglary (for breaking into the car) and of petit theft.
Breaking Down the Charges: the Potential Penalties
Even in a burglary where no weapons are involved, and when no one is inside the structure, burglary is at least a third degree felony. As for petit theft, this charge involves stealing items worth less than $300. While this isn't exactly grand theft, it is still a first degree misdemeanor.
The potential penalties for a burglary conviction could be up to:
- 5 years in prison
- A $5,000 fine
Petit theft can carry the serious potential penalties of:
- 1 year in jail
- A $1,000 fine
Regardless of the type of conviction, any criminal conviction translates into a permanent record that can interfere with any career ambitions, educational goals, housing opportunities, and even immigration applications. There is no such thing as a "minor" criminal charge. Whatever type of accusation you face, you need to work with a legal defender who understand how much is at stake for you, and who will provide the dedicated, tenacious defense you deserve.
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., our Tampa criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience to put into your case, experience that includes an excellent track record and proven dedication. Start learning what your full rights are, and how you can protect them, when you schedule your free consultation today!