A retail theft offense in Pennsylvania may not be the biggest of transgressions, but a theft crime has the potential to create serious problems not only in the short term with regard to jail and fines but also when it comes to your permanent record. Even a misdemeanor retail theft conviction will be visible to anyone who makes the effort to look. That’s why you should work with an experienced shoplifting lawyer in your area to protect yourself and your future.
If you or a loved one have been arrested in West Chester, Exton, Phoenixville, Wayne, Kennett Square, Oxford, Coatesville, Downingtown, or anywhere in Chester County for shoplifting, contact Skinner Law Firm as soon as possible. It is important to discuss your options, how to best defend against a retail theft allegation, and to determine if you are eligible to have the charge reduced or dismissed. To schedule a free and confidential consultation of your case with attorney Michael J. Skinner, call (610) 436-1410 today, or reach out online.
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute §3929, defines that a person is guilty of retail theft if he or she:
Retail theft or shoplifting in Pennsylvania can span the entire spectrum of potential punishments. It can be a relatively minor summary offense with minimal consequences to the opposite end if you are charged with a third-degree felony.
Under §3929, the penalties for retail theft are based primarily on the value taken, prior shoplifting convictions on your record, and other relevant factors:
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 the social stigma that comes with being convicted of theft.
Maybe you left the store to get your wallet and forgot that the property was on your person. Loss prevention officers are also known to make mistakes when it comes to who they suspect. In any event, developing a strong defense strategy is essential to dealing with a retail theft arrest.
Hiring a qualified defense attorney who understands the intricacies of Pennsylvania law along with the processes involved in theft cases, will give you a much better chance at fighting the charges and getting them reduced, or even dismissed.
Some common defenses to shoplifting charges are:
Michael J. Skinner is a former Chester County prosecutor with years of experience representing individuals dealing with shoplifting charges in Southeastern Pennsylvania. You have rights to protect and options to consider that may let you reduce the consequences or see the charges outright dismissed. Let our legal understanding and skill put you in a favorable position to fight the charges.
With such a wide array of potential outcomes in a retail theft case, it’s best to work with an aggressive defense attorney from the start. It could be the difference in preserving your criminal record and avoiding harsh penalties. If you or a loved one have been charged with shoplifting anywhere in Chester County, reach out to the Skinner Law Firm today. We will assess the situation, review the facts, pinpoint the weakness in the case, and guide your next steps, increasing your chances of moving on quickly.
To schedule a free, initial consultation with attorney Skinner, call (610) 436-1410.