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A conviction for committing a property crime in Pennsylvania can lead to serious repercussions and consequences. Depending on the severity of the offense you are charged with, you could face jail or prison time, fines, loss of educational opportunities, probation and/or an impact on your personal life. A few of the most common property offenses in Pennsylvania include:

West Chester Property Crime Defense Attorney

Contact the Skinner Law Firm today at (610) 436-1410 for a consultation about your alleged property crime. Attorney Michael J. Skinner is knowledgeable and experienced with Pennsylvania’s property laws and will make every effort to help you find the best possible outcome to the charges against you. The Skinner Law Firm proudly represents clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Chester County and Delaware County.

Pennsylvania Property Crimes Information Center

Property Offenses in Pennsylvania

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Penalties for Property Offenses in Pennsylvania

The punishments and sentencing for property crimes can vary depending on the gravity score of the offense, which includes factors such as the type of crime committed, whether a weapon was used, and the circumstances surrounding the offense. The list below provides examples of the suggested maximum statutory penalties.

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Defenses to Pennsylvania Property Crimes

Your criminal defense attorney will listen to the circumstances surrounding your case, and determine if there are any potential defenses to your alleged property offense. A few possible defenses to property crimes in Pennsylvania can include:

Justification – an act that would otherwise be considered a criminal offense is not if the conduct was required or authorized by law, or is necessary for an emergency situation to prevent public or private injury that is about to happen in the immediate future.

Duress – it is an affirmative defense for a person who engaged in criminal conduct to have committed the act because they were threatened by immediate violence from another person, against them or a third party, and a reasonable person would have done the same thing in the same situation.

Renunciation – It is an affirmative defense to a criminal offense that the offender withdrew from participation in the offense prior to the beginning of the criminal act, and made a substantial effort to prevent the act from occurring.

Defense to Burglary and Criminal Trespass – It is a defense to the charge of burglary or criminal trespass if the building the alleged offender entered was abandoned.

Reasonable Belief – It is a defense to some property crimes that the alleged offender reasonably believed the rightful owner would have consented to the actor entering a building or operating certain property.

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West Chester Police Department – The West Chester Police Department is a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency dedicated to protecting and serving the community from criminal acts and enforcing the laws of Pennsylvania. The department is located at:

401 East Gay Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380
Phone: (610) 696-2700

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Online – Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, also cited as 18 Pa. Const. Stat., contains all of the state’s rules and regulations regarding property crimes in the state of Pennsylvania. This link goes directly to Title 18, which is entitled “Crimes and Offenses” for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Finding An Attorney After a Property Crime Related Arrest

Contact the Skinner Law Firm today for a consultation about your alleged property crime in Chester County and the surrounding areas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Michael J. Skinner will make every effort to help identify mitigating factors or applicable defenses to have your charges reduced or even dismissed. Call Skinner Law Firm for a consultation about your alleged property offense.


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