Palm Beach County Theft Defense Attorney

Have You Been Charged With or Accused of Theft in the Palm Beach County Area and Are Looking for a Relentless, Experienced, and Efficient Theft Defense Lawyer to Help Resolve Your Case Quickly so You Can Move Forward in Your Life as Soon as Possible?

Why Choose Ronald Chapman To Give You The Defense You Deserve?

  • I Know How Palm Beach Courts Work – Having defended clients for decades in Palm Beach County, I know how the judges and prosecutors think and operate.
  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Highly rated on Google, 5-star rating on respected legal website Avvo. See some of our client reviews below.
  • Respected in the Legal Community – Written about in “The Globe” by a jury foreman for his excellent defense.
  • Privacy – I safeguard your identity, the details of your case, and our strategy to protect your reputation.
  • Confidential Case Assessment – During your phone assessment, I will listen to you and help you determine your next steps.
  • Highly Responsive – I pride myself on fast response times when communicating with our clients. I will never let your questions or concerns go unaddressed.
  • No Case Is Too Difficult or Complex – This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. I do what is necessary, even in complex cases.
  • Straight Shooters – Your situation requires honesty from both you and me. We’ll tell you what you need to know, not necessarily what you want to hear. Our approach focuses on efficiency and speed to resolve cases as quickly as possible to get your life back to normal sooner.
  • Caring & Compassionate (truly) – I truly understand the complications criminal charges can bring upon individuals and their families.
  • I Keep You Updated – Transparency is key. I want you to know what’s happening with your case at all points in the process.
  • Experienced – With over 30 years of experience and 500 jury trials and hearings, I have defended clients who have found themselves in situations probably just like yours.
  • Habla Español- Nuestro equipo es bilingüe, lo que nos permite atenderlo en su idioma.


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Theft of property crimes, goods, or services can occur in several forms and can be either a felony or a misdemeanor in Florida. Examples of theft-related crimes include:

  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Bank fraud
  • Bookmaking
  • Burglary and larceny
  • Buying, receiving and possessing stolen property
  • Computer Crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeiting
  • Dealing in stolen property
  • Embezzlement and forgery
  • Employee theft
  • Fraud
  • Gambling
  • Grand theft
  • Identity theft and credit card fraud
  • Insurance fraud and healthcare fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Petit theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Racketeer influenced and corrupt organization (RICO)
  • Receipt of stolen property
  • Welfare fraud
  • White collar criminal offenses
  • Wire fraud
  • Worthless check charges
  • Writing bad checks

Elements of Theft

To prove the crime of Petit Theft at trial, the prosecution must establish the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant knowingly and unlawfully obtained or used (or endeavored to obtain or use) the property of the alleged victim
  • The defendant did so with the intent, either permanently or temporarily, to deprive the victim of his or her right to the property or any benefit from it, or to appropriate the victim’s property to the defendant’s own use or to the use of any person not entitled to it.

Get The Best Defense for Your Case

If you or a loved one have recently been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, odds are you’re feeling stressed, anxious, and scared. The uncertainty of what to do next when you have been accused of a criminal offense can be paralyzing – at a time when it is imperative you take immediate action. The right first step you need to take is to contact me. We provide dedicated and effective defense for our clients through every step of the process.

Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788
Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788

In Florida, Petit Theft (also known as petty theft) is the taking of property valued at under $750 with the intent to deprive the owner of a right or benefit in the property. Petit theft is generally a misdemeanor offense, with penalties that may include jail, probation, community service, and restitution.

First Degree Petit Theft

Where the property at issue is valued at more than $100, but less than $750, Petit Theft is a First Degree Misdemeanor, with penalties of up to 1 year in jail, or 12 months of probation, and a $1000 fine.

Petit Theft is also classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor where the accused has previously been convicted of any theft crime.

Second Degree Petit Theft

Where the property at issue is valued at less than $100, Petit Theft is classified as a Second Degree Misdemeanor, with penalties of up 60 days in jail, or 6 months probation, and a $500 fine.

Felony Petit Theft

Petit Theft may be charged as a Third Degree Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison or 5 years probation, where the defendant has been convicted two or more times of any theft offense.

Repeat Petty Theft

An offense that would ordinarily be classified as petit theft in Florida will be bumped up to a first-degree misdemeanor if the offender has previously been convicted of any theft offense. Likewise, two or more previous theft convictions will bump a petit theft offense up to a felony of the third degree. (Fla. Stat. § 812.014 (2021).)

Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788
Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788

Client Reviews – Ron Chapman PA

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Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience

“Personal Service,”” dedicated to the attention of the case,”” very honest people,”” Without a doubt the best team,”” knew exactly what to do,”” very nice,”” very reasonable and powerful.”” he helped protect me,”” Highly recommended professional,”” will go above and beyond to get you the best possible outcome,”” Trust me you’ll be in good hands,”” always kept me informed on what was going on with my case,”” Answered every call or called back promptly,”” knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness,”” one of the best in Palm Beach county,”” a blessing to our community, an absolute delight, and breath of fresh air,”” effectiveness, compassion, professionalism, courtesy, and due diligence, are second to none,”” very diligent in details and gathering information,”” has an interest in what’s best for his clients and really puts them first,”” would rate him 6 stars if it was an option,”” we attest that he does an excellent job,”” excellent human being,”” definitely has the wisdom,”” The best of west palm beach,”” Amazing group of people,”” dependable, honest, and very knowledgeable and always on and off the clock,”” acts quickly and is sensitive to your feelings,”” a plus lawyer (A+++),””bluntly defends you to the maximum,”” kind, attentive, and fought until the case was resolved,”

If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.

Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788
Questions or to Schedule a Consultation: Call (561) 336-6788

Our Location

We help families within or near the Palm Beach County area.

Clients come to us from West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Delray, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Century Village, and others.

What To Do Now:

Don’t risk your future and your reputation. We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and get the superior protection and representation you or your loved one is entitled to receive. Since time is often critical to ensure the best result, contact us now by calling us for one-on-one assistance at (561) 336-6788(561) 336-6788 with your questions, a description of your situation, or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.



400 Clematis St. Suite 206, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Desde 1990, el Sr. Chapman ha representado a personas que han sido acusadas de cometer delitos de varios tipos, tales como DUI, violencia doméstica, posesión de armas, posesión de drogas, eliminación de antecedentes penales, infracciones de tránsito, asesinato, homicidio involuntario, abuso infantil, delitos sexuales, abuso de personas mayores, apelaciones y violaciones de libertad condicional.
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