Pennsylvania theft charges can lead to serious penalties that can follow you for the rest of your life. The more severe the charge, the worse the consequences. Pennsylvania classifies these offenses into several levels of felony and misdemeanor charges based on the amount stolen and any aggravating circumstances.
If you are facing theft charges, a theft crime lawyer in Montgomery County can help. The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. fights for the rights of those accused of crimes in Montgomery County. The initial case evaluation is free with no risk or obligation.
To schedule an appointment today, call 610-680-7842.
Theft Charges in Pennsylvania
Under Pennsylvania law, theft can range anywhere from a third-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. Our firm handles all types of theft charges, including:
Pennsylvania defines any theft in which the amount involved was less than $50 as a third-degree misdemeanor.
Pennsylvania defines any theft in which the amount involved was $50 or more but less than $200 as a second-degree misdemeanor.
Theft of more than $200 but less than $2,000, and that does not meet any other criteria of a felony, is a first-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania.
A theft in Pennsylvania is a third-degree felony if:
- It involves property worth more than $2,000;
- It involves a motorized vehicle (e.g., a car, motorcycle, or boat); or
- The perpetrator is in the business of reselling stolen property.
A theft in Pennsylvania is a second-degree felony if:
- It involves property worth more than $100,000 but less than $500,000;
- It occurs during a natural or man-made disaster (i.e., looting);
- It involves a firearm;
- It involves knowingly receiving a stolen firearm;
- It involves anhydrous ammonia.
A theft in Pennsylvania is a first-degree felony if:
- It involves property worth more than $500,000; or
- It involves a firearm, and the perpetrator is in the business of buying and selling stolen firearms.
No matter what level of theft charge you are facing, David McKenzie can build a strong defense for you and help you move past these charges. To schedule a free case evaluation today, call our office at 610-680-7842.
The Penalties for a Theft Conviction in Pennsylvania
The possible penalties for a theft conviction in Pennsylvania can vary significantly. They depend on a couple of factors; namely, the value of the property you are charged with stealing and the nature of the crime itself.
On the minor end of the spectrum, a third-degree misdemeanor conviction for stealing $50 or less usually results in one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. For third-degree felony theft, you could face up to seven years in jail, even if it is your first offense.
Regardless of the charge, the long-term consequences of a conviction can be as daunting as the prospect of jail or a hefty fine. A criminal conviction for theft may stay on your record for the rest of your life. This can impact your ability to:
- Pass a background check for a job
- Rent an apartment or a house
- Move into a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association
- Register to vote
- Purchase a firearm
- Join the military
- Obtain a student loan
At the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., our job is not only to help you avoid jail time and other immediate consequences but to minimize the long-term damage to your future. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us today at 610-680-7842.
Our Firm Can Help You With Any Theft Charge
Theft charges do not always include outright stealing, such as purse snatching. The state also defines the following as theft:
- Theft by deception: Taking someone else’s property through trickery or deception.
- Theft by extortion: Taking someone else’s property through threats or intimidation.
- Theft of lost property: Finding something of value (e.g., a Rolex on the sidewalk) and keeping it rather than turning it in or trying to find its rightful owner.
- Theft of services: Illegally obtaining paid services for free (e.g., stealing cable).
If you have been accused of anything listed above, or any other type of theft, the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. wants to help. Call us today for a free case evaluation: 610-680-7842.
The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Can Build a Strong Defense Against Your Theft Charge
Montgomery County criminal defense attorney David McKenzie has a successful track record of getting theft charges reduced or dropped for his clients. We have many tactics we may be able to apply to your defense; the ones we choose to use depend on the specific details of your charge.
Here are some examples of successful defenses our firm has used in the past:
- Our client intended to return the property to its rightful owner.
- Our client did not knowingly take property that did not belong to them.
- Law enforcement engaged in entrapment.
- Our client committed the offense under duress.
This list is not exhaustive; we can custom-build a defense for you based on the information we find upon investigating your case. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 610-680-7842.