Fight Your Theft / Theft by Deception Charge in
Charged with Theft in PA? Get an Aggressive Criminal Lawyer to
Protect Your Rights and Freedom!
Most theft charges are at least misdemeanor level charges,
and may be felonies if the amount involved is over $2000, or there
are other circumstances involved.
Pennsylvania theft laws are complicated, and the punishments can
be severe, many including jail time. Please call us for a criminal
defense consultation and case evaluation, and we'll explain what we
can do to help fight the charges, and work for a dismissal, not
guilty, or a reduction in the charges.
What is a Theft Charge?
Theft is defined under Pennsylvania criminal law
as unlawfully taking or otherwise depriving another of moveable
property; or unlawfully transferring or exercising control over
immovable property with intent to benefit one's self.
Different categories of theft include:
- Theft by Deception
- Theft by Extortion
- Theft by Property Lost, Mislaid, or Delivered by Mistake
- Theft by Receiving Stolen Property
- Theft of Services
- Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds
- Theft from a Motor Vehicle
- Retail Theft / Shoplifting
- Bad Checks
Theft Penalties under Pennsylvania Laws
The penalties for these different theft category crimes generally
vary by the value of the items involved in the theft.
Any theft of a firearm charge is a felony has particularly
serious penalties attached. Any theft of a car/automobile/motorcycle or other vehicle is a
Theft charges of items valued at over $2000 are usually
Felony 3 charges (maximum penalty 7 years in prison)
Theft charges of items valued at over $200 are usually
Misdemeanor 1 charges (maximum penalty 5 years in prison)
Theft charges of items valued at over $50 are usually
Misdemeanor 2 charges (maximum penalty 3 years in prison)
Theft charges of items valued at under $50 may be
Misdemeanor 3 charges (maximum penalty 1 years in prison) or may be
classified as summary offenses.
As you can see, most lesser value theft charges are misdemeanors, and penalties
for theft under $50 in value are typically a summary offense, though
they may also be misdemeanor charges.
A charge of writing bad checks in Pennsylvania is also penalized
by the amount involved.
A third (3rd) offense bad checks charge is at least a Misdemeanor
1 crime, regardless of the amount involved.
Pennsylvania Theft Defense
There are often several defense avenues I may pursue
simultaneously to fight a theft charge. One element that can be
challenged is intent. It is possible that the theft was accidental
or inadvertent, or that you didn't know the property was stolen in a
receiving stolen property case.
I'll also look to negotiate charges down to a lesser offense,
especially when a deal can be reached that involves restitution -
paying the victim back. In any criminal case, an experienced defense lawyer
such as myself will determine the best defense strategies after
examining all the facts evidence against you in the case.
Please call me anytime or contact me via
this form for a free legal consultation on how to
defend a theft, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, or any other criminal charge.
We work in courts anywhere in Pennsylvania. Call now at (888) 412-3298
Defended theft charges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
My firm represents clients facing theft and other criminal charges
across Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg,
Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and in Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties. Call today, no