Tampa Bay Defense Alliance

The Tampa Bay Defense Alliance (TBDA or The Alliance) was formed on January 6, 2012 upon the filing of the Articles of Incorporation with the State of Florida. Classified as a Florida not for profit 501 (c)-3 corporation, the Alliance applies for and obtains grants from Enterprise Florida and/or the Florida Defense Support Task Force. It also applies for grants in collaboration and cooperation with Community Partners.

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Did you know that embezzlement is an offense that can be prosecuted under Florida state law?

Florida Theft Definition

A person commits theft if they:

  • knowingly obtains or uses the property of another
  • with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently: deprive the person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property, OR
  • appropriates the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to use of the property.

Grand Theft

Theft of property valued between $300 and $20,000 qualifies as grand theft in the third degree. Property valued between $20,000 and $100,000 becomes grand theft in the second degree, while property valued over $100,000 results in a charge of grand theft in the first degree. In Florida, any theft that does not meet the state requirements for a felony prosecution becomes a petit theft charge prosecuted as a misdemeanor.

• First Degree Grand Theft:

• Stolen property value is $100,000 or more

• maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000

• Second Degree Grand Theft:

• Stolen property value between $20,000 and $99,999

• Maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000

• Third Degree Grand Theft

• Stolen property valued between $300 and $19,999 or

• the property take is a firearm, a motor vehicle, a commercially farmed animal, a fire extinguisher, any amount of fruit consisting of 2,000 or more individual pieces, any stop sign, construction signs, or anhydrous ammonia

• Maximum of 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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