A shoplifting charge may not be the biggest of transgressions, but it has the potential to create serious problems not only in the short term with regard to jail time and fines but also in the long-term when it comes to your permanent record. Even a misdemeanor charge will be added to your criminal record, which is visible to anyone who makes the effort to look.
Considering that shoplifting is a crime that violates the trust of another, seeing this on a criminal record during a routine background check could disqualify you from countless employment opportunities, not to mention that social stigma that comes with being convicted of theft.
This makes your defense strategy all the more important during this stressful experience. Hiring a qualified criminal defense attorney who understands the intricacies of Pennsylvania law along with the process that is involved in theft cases, will give you a much better chance at fighting the charges and getting them reduces, or even dismissed.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a shoplifting offense (also similarly termed as retail theft, petit theft, petty theft, or grand theft) it is of vital importance that you take the steps necessary to keep this from developing into a much larger problem.
Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm has years of experience representing individuals dealing with shoplifting charges in Southeastern Pennsylvania and has the legal understanding to put you in a favorable position to fight the charges. If you have a pending retail theft charge in the counties of Chester or Delaware, contact him at (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation today.
Retail Theft under Pennsylvania Law
In Pa. Cons. Stat. §3929, a person is guilty of retail theft if he or she:
Retail theft or shoplifting can cross almost the entire spectrum of potential punishments. It can be considered all the way from a summary offense to the opposite end where you may receive a third-degree felony.
According to Pa. Cons. Stat. §3929, the following charges will be handed down depending on the situation:
With the wide array of possible penalties one could have to deal with when fighting a theft charge, it would be in their best interest to acquire the representation of a qualified criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in the laws and legal process within the state of Pennsylvania.
As an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who has spent several years representing those dealing with shoplifting charges in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Michael J. Skinner of the Skinner Law Firm can effectively and professionally handle you case, increasing your chances for a not guilty verdict or acquittal.
Call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a free consultation to discuss you case if you were arrested or charged with retail theft in West Chester.