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How to defend against theft charges in Florida

by | May 10, 2018 | Weapons Crimes |

Facing a weapons charge in Florida can be very daunting, especially if you have never been charged with such a crime. A common crime with a weapon is that of theft. Theft has been and will continue to be a common crime so long as people struggle to find work or battle an addiction. Here are some ways you can defend against theft charges in Orlando.

One of the most common ways to defend against theft charges is to make the claim that the item you took actually belongs to you. This is known as the right to ownership of property. The best way to prove this defense is to provide a receipt for the item or some other evidence that shows you own the item.

Some people will return the stolen property, if it truly was stolen, to the victim. This is not necessarily a good idea for a defense tactic but can help to paint you in a sympathetic light if you do so.

You could also decide to claim entrapment if facing theft charges. It might be possible that you were enticed or forced to commit the crime. For example, your life could have been threatened by someone else to steal the item in question or else suffer an injury or even death.

You might be able to defend against theft charges if you were intoxicated at the time of the incident. You will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were intoxicated to the point of not knowing what you were doing at the time.

Now that you know the common defense methods to theft charges in Florida, you can begin to protect yourself. Facing charges should not be glossed over by you or your family. You need to fight the charges in order to secure your freedom.