Harrisburg Theft Crime Lawyer
Taking another person’s property is the definition of a theft crime in Pennsylvania. A conviction can lead to harsh criminal penalties—no matter the value of the stolen item. All legal consequences have a negative impact on a person’s life, which is why you need to hire a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense lawyer if you are facing theft crime charges.
At Holt Law, our Harrisburg theft crime attorney has helped client obtain the most favorable result in their cases. We can investigate your arrest, gather evidence, and determine if the police violated your constitutional rights or there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s argument against you. Let us help you avoid severe criminal penalties immediately.
Pennsylvania Theft Crime Laws
State law defines theft crimes based on two types of property: movable property and immovable property. Examples of the former include electronics, jewelry, or store merchandise, while examples of the latter include a home or land.
The following are the penalties for theft crimes in Pennsylvania, based on the value of the alleged stolen property:
- Property worth less than $50 – Considered a third-degree misdemeanor theft crime, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,500.
- Property worth over $50 but less than $200 – Considered a second-degree misdemeanor theft crime, which carries a maximum jail term of two years and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Property worth over $200 – Considered a first-degree misdemeanor theft crime, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Property worth over $2,000, theft of a motor vehicle, or theft by receiving stolen property – Considered a third-degree felony theft crime, which carries a maximum prison term of seven years and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Theft during a man-made or natural disaster, theft of firearm, or theft of anhydrous ammonia – Considered a second-degree theft crime, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of ten years and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Theft of stolen firearm and received by a business – Considered a first-degree theft crime, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a fine of up to $25,000.
Burglary & Robbery in Pennsylvania
Burglary means entering a building or structure to intentionally commit a crime. In Pennsylvania, burglary is a first-degree felony if the structure is a home or if a person was inside the property at the time of the offense. If the structure is a commercial property or if no one was inside at the time of the offense, burglary is considered a second-degree felony.
Robbery means taking something from another person with force. Although robbery is a third-degree felony, if a person suffers harm during a robbery, then it is a second-degree felony. If a person suffers a serious injury during the commission of the crime, this type of robbery is a first-degree felony.
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If you have been charged with a theft crime, burglary, or robbery, Holt Law is ready to fight for you. You will work closely with our Harrisburg theft crime lawyer to find the best possible solution for your case.
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