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Florida has comprehensive laws relating to all types of theft. Florida laws are constantly evolving to encompass new types of theft including internet, e-mail and wire fraud. The judicial system treats all theft related offenses seriously. Maximum penalties for theft offenses can range from a year in the county jail for petit theft, to life in prison for certain robbery charges. However, the implications of a theft conviction reach far beyond the sentence you receive. Theft is a “crime of dishonesty.” A theft conviction will leave a permanent stain on your record, which is accessible to potential employers, schools, lenders and credit bureaus. Due to the negative stigma associated with a theft conviction, it is extremely important to hire an experienced defense attorney to aggressively fight your case and defend your record.