Montgomery County Theft Crimes Lawyer
Pennsylvania property crimes, including theft, robbery, burglary, and fraud, are among the most common criminal charges filed in the state. Theft in particular is a frequently filed felony offense that may lead to serious repercussions. If you’re facing a felony charge, consult an experienced Montgomery County theft defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, a trusted theft defense lawyer may be able to reduce the charges or even secure a dismissal of the case.
Conviction of a theft crime can mean jail time and a permanent criminal record. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C., our Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys take theft charges as seriously as you do. Our theft defense attorneys utilize a team approach that includes the expertise of four former prosecutors.
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Our commitment to quality and personal service has enabled our firm to prosper for over 65 years. During that time, we’ve established an excellent network of professionals to assist us. When the situation calls for a specialist, we call upon our investigators, forensic scientists, and other experts to assist in your defense. Consider us for legal assistance.
How Is Theft Defined in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania criminal law defines theft by the following terms:
“The unlawful seizure or deprivation of movable property; or transfer or exercise of control of immovable property with intent to benefit one’s self.”
In other words, a person is guilty of theft in Pennsylvania if they take or exercise unlawful control over someone else’s movable property with the intention of depriving that person of that property. Pennsylvania has many specific laws prohibiting and punishing theft. Some cover the specific types of property stolen (firearms, automobiles), others the location of the theft (retail stores, museums, libraries), and still others the means used to steal the property (taking, deception, extortion).
Depending on several factors, such as the value and nature of the stolen property, theft may be classified as a summary offense, misdemeanor, or felony. As such, theft carries an extremely wide range of penalties that range from a maximum of 90 days for a summary offense to a maximum of 20 years for a first-degree felony.
Understanding the Variety of Theft Crimes in Pennsylvania
At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we provide theft defense for all state and federal theft charges, including the following:
A very serious crime under Pennsylvania law, robbery occurs when the individual, in the course of committing a theft, uses or threatens to use force against another person. Under Pennsylvania law, all robberies constitute felony offenses of varying degrees.
Pennsylvania law defines burglary as entering any portion of a building or occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime. This does not apply if the premises are open to the public at the time. Burglary charges are generally more severe than simple theft as they also involve breaking into someone else’s property.
Though it may initially appear to be a minor crime, shoplifting can have long-term effects on a person’s future. A person is guilty of shoplifting in Pennsylvania if they take any merchandise from a store, alter or remove a label or price tag marking, change the packaging from which the retail item is sold, or destroy a control tag or security strip. A shoplifting lawyer can help you unpack the details of your retail theft case.
Credit Card Fraud
In Pennsylvania, committing any type of fraudulent activity in connection with the use of a credit card is against the law. A person can be convicted of credit card fraud in Pennsylvania if they use a credit card knowing that it is counterfeit, has not been authorized, or has been revoked or canceled. Using or falsifying another person’s credit card is a serious crime that can benefit from skilled representation.
Embezzlement is a specific kind of theft that occurs when someone steals or misappropriates money or property from an employer or business partner. These types of cases can be very complex. If you’ve been accused of embezzlement, partner with an experienced white-collar crime attorney as soon as possible.
Under Pennsylvania’s theft statute, a person commits a crime by taking or exercising control over property that belongs to someone else without their permission and with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. In the case of auto theft, for example, a person who takes someone else’s car from a parking lot and then abandons it has committed theft. Accusations of auto theft can lead to very serious consequences, including jail time and hefty fines.
Pennsylvania state law defines identity theft as the possession or use of another person’s identifying information for an unlawful purpose without their consent. This white-collar crime is considered a serious offense in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and thus carries severe consequences. If you’ve been accused of using someone else’s identity for personal gain, contact our law firm as soon as possible.
There are several effective defenses that can be used when you are accused of internet theft, a broad term that refers to the use of internet services to defraud victims or to otherwise take advantage of them. Reach out today for support.
The Lansdale theft defense attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. have successfully won trials and negotiated plea bargains for clients accused of theft crimes throughout Pennsylvania, including the Montgomery County, Bucks County, Lehigh County, Chester County, and Delaware County areas, as well as the Philadelphia, Doylestown, Norristown, Allentown, West Chester, and Media areas.
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For more than 65 years, the attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. have been serving the legal needs of clients in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Lehigh County, Chester County, Delaware County, and throughout the surrounding areas. We’ve earned the trust and respect of clients facing a wide range of legal problems, and our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your legal rights.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with theft, speak with an expert criminal defense lawyer who can explain to you the full extent of the law and possible defense strategies that may pertain to your case.
The Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford are committed to fighting for your rights and protecting your interests throughout the legal process. Our highly trusted legal team understands the rules and regulations surrounding theft in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and will be with you every step of the way. Give us a call at 215-822-7575 or complete our online contact form today.