Petit Theft vs. Grand Theft

The differences between petty theft and grand theft are distinguished by the value of the stolen property. The legal consequences however are very different, because petty theft is a misdemeanor and grand theft is a felony (See the chart below).

Value of Property Stolen - Charge Level- -Potential Jail/Prison

Petit Theft - $100 or more, but less than $300 ($100 to $299.99) Misdemeanor-1 Year Jail

Grand Theft - $300 or more, but less than $20,000 ($300 to $19,999.99) Felony - 5 Year Prison

Another consequence is a court may suspend your driver’s license due to a theft charge.

If you are convicted of your first theft charge the court may order the suspension of your driver's license if you are adjudicated guilty of any misdemeanor violation of s. 812.014 or s. 812.015, regardless of the value of the property stolen.

The court shall order the suspension of the driver's license of each person adjudicated guilty of any misdemeanor violation of s. 812.014 or s. 812.015, who has previously been convicted of such an offense.