Grand Theft Auto Defense Attorney

According to Florida Statute 812.014 the crime of Grand Theft is as defined as the unlawful taking or using of property, valued at $300 or more, with the intent to deprive the owner of his or her right to the property.

More specifically, Grand Theft Auto is defined as the unauthorized taking or using of another’s car, by force, trickery, or false pretenses, with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the car. A motor vehicle is defined as a self-propelled vehicle not operated on rail, including the automobile, motorcycle, truck, semitrailer, truck tractor, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of the state and propelled by power other than muscle power.


Theft of vehicles valued at less than $20,000 is punishable by:

  • up to five years in prison;
  • up to five years of probation; and
  • a $5,000 fine.

Theft of vehicles valued at between $20,000 and $100,000 is publishable by:

  • up to fifteen year sin prison;
  • up to fifteen years of probation; and
  • a $10,000 fine.

Theft of vehicles valued at greater than $100,000 is punishable by:

  • up to thirty years in prison;
  • up to thirty years of probation; and
  • a $10,000 fine.

Possible Defenses

Grand Theft Auto may be combated with several defenses established by the details and facts of each individual case. Potential defenses include:

  • Lack of intent;
  • A third party sold the defendant the stolen vehicle;
  • Defendant believed or rightfully had permission to take the vehicle; or
  • Defendant took the vehicle out of necessity or duress.


If you find yourself standing accused of a Grand Theft Auto you need to be sure you have a good lawyer on your side. Facing Grand Theft Auto charges, can be tricky without the proper representation. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando, contact Sercombe Law. We routinely handle matters in Orange County and nearby jurisdictions.