The crime of theft is the act of taking property from someone without the owner’s consent. The term “theft” is a broad term and applies not only to physical or tangible items like jewelry or cash but also to intellectual property or to an act like eating a meal at a restaurant and then leaving without paying. Depending upon the value of the stolen property, the crime of theft may be a misdemeanor or a felony. In general, the more valuable the property involved in the theft, the higher are the penalties for the crime. If you’ve been charged with theft, a Pennsylvania theft crimes defense attorney may be what you need. An experienced attorney may be able to get your sentence reduced, especially if it is your first offense.
Most Common Types of Theft
There are many different kinds of theft, but some of the most common include the theft of retail merchandise (shoplifting), theft of property from the job by an employee, auto or vehicle theft, and theft of firearms. Anyone who purchases or keeps property that they know is stolen is also guilty of theft. If the item stolen is worth less than $50, the theft is considered a “summary offense”, which is a crime less serious than either a misdemeanor or a felony. However, even a summary offense can result in a penalty of 90 days in jail or a fine of up to $1500. The theft of a firearm is always at least a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania and can be a first-degree felony if the person stealing it is a gun dealer.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Pennsylvania Theft Crimes Defense Attorney Today
If you’ve been charged with the crime of theft, call to schedule a free consultation with a Pennsylvania theft crimes defense attorney today. The experienced legal experts at the Peters Law Firm will use their knowledge and skill to defend your rights and get you the best possible outcome for your case. We serve the cities of Scranton and Clark Summit as well as Wyoming County, Tunkhannock County, Luzerne County, Wayne County, Susquehanna County, and Lackawanna County. Visit our web page at peterslawfirmpa.com or give us a call at 570-585-0707 and let us represent you.