Philadelphia Theft Crimes Lawyer
Theft involves the taking of others’ property or possessions without permission and with the intent to deprive the person of such property. It can involve minor shoplifting charges up to armed robbery at the federal level. Being convicted of any type of theft can result in serious consequences, including jail or prison time, hefty fines, restrictive probation, and a permanent criminal record that can show up on any routine background check. This can negatively impact you when applying for a job, housing, loans, or professional license in the career of your choice. A theft conviction carries the stigma of dishonesty that hampers these future life opportunities.
Because of the repercussions you face in any theft crime, it is vital to put an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. At The Nenner Law Firm, we can ensure that you understand your charges and provide a strategic defense that could lead to case dismissals or reduced charges, depending on the circumstances. Through a thorough investigation of your case, we may be able to expose evidence that is flawed, insufficient, or inconsistent and that will work in your favor. Because our firm focuses primarily on criminal defense, we are well-equipped to negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf as well as apply substantial trial experience in court.
Reach out to The Nenner Law Firm for a free initial consultation with our Philadelphia theft crimes attorney. You can reach us via our website or by phone at (215) 515-0042. Hablamos español. Available 24/7.
Theft Crimes in Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas
State theft crimes are covered under Chapter 39 Title 18 Crimes and Offenses. These crimes can involve the direct unlawful taking of someone else’s property or can include theft by deception or extortion, such as through intimidation or threats as well as dealing in stolen goods and theft of services.
Examples of theft can include but are not limited to:
- Shoplifting or retail theft
- Receiving or trafficking stolen goods
- Robbery and armed robbery
Charges based on the outright theft of another’s property are generally based on the value of the property or goods stolen as follows:
- Third-degree misdemeanor: The stolen property is valued at $50 or less; this is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Second-degree misdemeanor: The stolen property is valued at more than $50 but less than $200; this is punishable by two years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
- First-degree misdemeanor: The stolen property is valued at more than $200 but less than $2,000; this carries up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Third-degree felony: The stolen property is valued at more than $2,000 but less than $100,000; this carries up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Theft of a vehicle is also charged in this category.
- Second-degree felony: The stolen property is valued at more than $100,00 but less than $500,000; this carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Theft of a gun is also charged in this category.
- First-degree felony: The stolen property is valued at more than $500,000 and carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Burglary and robbery are generally charged as felonies.
In all of the above cases, you will be best served in fighting charges with the Help of our Philadelphia theft attorney. At The Nenner Law Firm, we pursue every angle and possibility in seeking the best possible results. Our experienced representation can make the difference between preserving your future or being convicted.
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