Being convicted of any theft charge in Pennsylvania could have serious consequences. If you’ve been accusing of stealing, you should contact a theft attorney at Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC as soon as possible. While some instances of theft convictions are minor crimes and carry minimal punishments, it will be considered a felony if the property was valuable, it is specifically protected by law, or if you hurt or threatened someone during the crime. Not to mention, you also may face civil penalties for theft, too, apart from the criminal punishments.
All the legal ramifications you could face from a theft conviction, even under the best-case scenario, could limit your future prospects and opportunities. Our theft lawyers in Montgomery County can use our decades of combined experience to fight to get your theft charges dismissed or reduced and keep your fine as low as possible. We aim for the best possible outcome for all of our clients and use our legal experience strategically to devise sound legal routes inside and outside of the courtroom.
The best way you can protect yourself and your freedom is by hiring our defense attorneys. Contact our law firmat (610) 365-4733 right away for a complimentary consultation.
Common Theft Crimes in Pennsylvania
Consult with our experienced Montgomery County theft lawyers today if you have been arrested for one of the following crimes:
- Theft by unlawful taking
- Theft by deception
- Theft of services
- Theft by extortion
- Receiving stolen property
- Retail theft (shoplifting)
- Bad check writing
- Intellectual property theft
Penalties for Theft Crimes in Pennsylvania
Convictions for theft charges in Pennsylvania vary based on numerous factors, including the type and value of what you allegedly stole, your criminal history, and whether violence or threats of violence were used in the commission of the crime.
Theft crimes are typically charged as follows:
- 3rd degree: These crimes involve property worth less than $50, which are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
- 2nd degree: If the defendant stole property worth $50 or more but less than $200, they face up to 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- 1st degree: Unlawfully stealing property worth $200 to $2,000 is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- 3rd degree: These crimes involve stolen property valued at more than $2,000 but less than $100,000, or if the property is any type of motor-propelled vehicle, such as an automobile, motorcycle, airplane, or boat. Those convicted of this charge face up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
- 2nd degree: If the defendant stole between $100,000 and $499,999, those convicted are subject to up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
- 1st degree: This is the most serious felony theft charge and involves stealing property valued at more than $500,000. The defendant is subject to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
What Are My Defense Options to Theft Charges?
You have several options to avoid a theft conviction. Namely, the most effective strategy is the lack of intent to deprive the rightful owner of their property, or the intention to return the item(s) to the rightful owner. Another defense is that the property was not, in fact, stolen. Depending on the facts of your case, our defense attorneys may be able to claim the property was lost or abandoned by its previous owner, or that you acted under duress, or there was a case of mistaken identity.
Contact Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC Today for Criminal Defense Representation
With the experienced, skill theft lawyers of Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC on your side, you have the benefit of legal advocacy that is objective and thorough. Our lawyers will thoroughly examine every particular of your case and look at every fact to examine what helps and what may potentially hinder it so we can build you the best possible defense. While we always fight for exoneration, we also prepare to minimize any possible criminal penalties or consequences of a theft conviction.
For a consultation with Testa & Pagnanelli, LLC, please contact us at (610) 365-4733 or reach out online for an appointment.We represent clients in Montgomery County, Norristown, and the surrounding counties.
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