Pittsburgh Theft Attorneys
Theft charges or a theft arrest can be a stressful and frightening matter. Theft is a serious crime and depending on the value of the property or cash stolen, a theft conviction could wind up being a felony with a ten-year prison sentence and fines of up to $25,000, plus retribution.
Depending on the type of theft, you may also be charged with fraud. Fraud is defined as “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain”. Depending on the method used to commit the theft, you may also be charged with fraud, in addition to theft charges.
If you are charged with fraud, it is also possible that you committed a federal crime, and could be prosecuted under U.S. Federal Law. If this is the case, you should seek a federal crimes attorney as soon as possible.
Methods of theft can include:
- Shoplifting / Retail Theft
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Theft by Deception
- Motor Vehicle Theft
THEFT CHARGES DO NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE GUILTY
OR THAT YOU WILL BE CONVICTED.
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At Shrager Defense Attorneys, we know that good people make mistakes in this material world where it is increasingly easier to commit theft. We also know that many times people accused of crimes are simply not guilty. We will fight aggressively for your rights and your freedom.
Attorney Shrager is a skilled Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer who fights hard to get his clients charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Types of Theft Charges – Burglary & Robbery
If you have been arrested for robbery, you face very serious penalties, as robbery is a felony. A robbery is considered a violent crime and involves harming or threatening to harm someone by using physical force or a weapon. If someone is convicted of robbery, the theft charges must also be proven.
Burglary is also a felony. A person does not have to steal anything, or even attempt to steal anything to be arrested for burglary. Burglary involves entering a building to commit a crime. If a person has entered a building to commit a rape, for example, but then ended up not raping anyone or stealing anything, they may still have committed a burglary.
If you are arrested under Home Invasion charges in Pennsylvania, the penalty is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Penalties for robbery or burglary are not dependent on the value of the stolen item (or attempted stolen item) – both are still considered penalties no matter the value of item.
Theft Penalties in Pennsylvania
The types of penalties you face, if convicted, largely depend upon the amount of money allegedly stolen or the value of the property or goods stolen. This will determine the length of the prison sentence and the amount of the fine, as can the number of offenses on your prior record.
The best way to know what you are really up against is to call an experienced Pittsburgh Theft Attorney, like David Shrager.
Maximum Penalties for Theft Charges in Pennsylvania
- Under $50: Third degree misdemeanor, up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
- Over $50: Second degree misdemeanor, up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Over $200: First degree misdemeanor, up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
- Over $2,000 or a motor vehicle: Third degree felony, up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
A Theft Attorney Who Will Fight for Your Rights
If you have been arrested under theft charges, or think you may be under investigation call an experienced theft attorney for a free consultation.
Talk to a compassionate attorney who will try to understand your situation and then help you understand your rights. From there, Attorney Shrager will do everything possible to attack your charges and fight for your rights.
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