Larceny, burglary, and robbery are some of the more common terms people may use to describe theft offenses, but the truth is that these crimes are very specifically defined under Pennsylvania law. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged with anything from a third degree misdemeanor up to a first degree felony. Any of these offenses involves serious penalties if you’re convicted, including fines, jail time, and probation. Considering the legal consequences you’re facing, you should retain a skilled theft crimes attorney to protect your interests. In addition, some background information should be useful.
Generally, theft involves taking or exercising control over property that belongs to someone else. Beyond this basic concept, the nature of the crime depends upon the value of the property and other factors.
Keep in mind that punishment for any of these theft offenses may be elevated in the presence of certain aggravated circumstances, such as using a gun in the commission of a crime or breach of fiduciary duty.
Regardless of which type of theft crime charges you face as defined under Pennsylvania law, you do have constitutional rights that say that you’re innocent until proven guilty. A prosecutor must establish your guilty through certain factors, but it may be possible to contest the evidence and present appropriate defenses in your case. The knowledgeable lawyers at the Skinner Law Firm can explain your options and work with you to develop a strong criminal defense strategy. Please contact our West Chester, PA office with questions about your matter or to set up a case evaluation to discuss the details.