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It's A Felony To Steal That

Some Abnormally Harsh Theft Punishments

As a Criminal defense attorney I can see that Florida has its fair share of lobbyist and at times this is evident in the criminal statutes I deal with. Generally speaking theft under $100 is a second degree misdemeanor (up to $500 fine), theft over $100 but under $300 is a first degree misdemeanor (up to $1000 fine) and theft over $300 is a third degree felony (up to $5000 fine). What happens when you jack a well lobbied for groups stuff? As you can imagine it gets much worse for you. 812.014(4)(c)(7) states that Any commercially farmed animal, including any animal of the equine, bovine, or swine class, or other grazing animal, and including aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility. If the property stolen is aquaculture species raised at a certified aquaculture facility, then a $10,000 fine shall be imposed. So what is a certified aquaculture facility and what do they have?

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When I searched it this was one of the first things that came up. “Typically called mudbugs, crawdaddy's, crawdads and crawfish, our native crayfish are usually diminutive in size. Not so in the case of the Australian redclaw crayfish that are cultured, grown, and sold here (http://farmingcrawfish.com).” You can buy one for $3.50 but it is too young to be sexed or you can get a big one for $8.50. Catfish were also a common result. If you get caught with your hand in the Red Claw tank it is a third degree felony. Not only that but because it is an aquaculture species at an aquaculture facility you are looking at a $10,000 fine. If you toss the crawfish in another tank and take the aquarium that would be a first or second degree misdemeanor depending on if it had a value of over $100.


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