As one of the most common crimes committed in the United States, many individuals feel as though they do not need an attorney to represent them for such an offense. This decision however can prove to be a very costly mistake. In Pennsylvania, the punishment for theft varies depending on the amount and type of property stolen. Fines, probation, county jail time and state prison sentences are all punishments used in Pennsylvania against those who commit theft.
Forms of Theft
Theft by taking: This is the most common form of theft and involves the unlawful taking, transfer or control of another individuals personal property.
Theft by deception: Theft by deception is when a person intentionally uses false impressions to obtain or withhold property.
Theft by extortion: Theft by extortion is defined as an individual obtaining or withholding property by threatening to: commit a crime, accuse someone of committing a crime, threatening to expose a secret, etc.
Theft of lost property: Theft of lost property occurs when an individual withholds property or disposes of property that they know has been misplaced by the property owner.
Receiving stolen property: It is a crime to intentionally receive, keep or dispose of property that was illegally obtained by another party.
Theft of services: Theft of services occurs when an individual purposefully tampers with cables, TV equipment, meters, etc. to avoid payment of services.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you want to make sure an experienced and aggressive attorney is on your side, focused solely on protecting your rights.