The Consequences Of Theft And Property Crime Charges
If you have been charged with a property crime or theft, you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to assess your case and determine the best course of action. Pennsylvania law recognizes a wide range of theft and property crimes. Some of the most common theft crimes our attorneys handle are:
- Theft by unlawful taking
- Receiving stolen property
- Retail theft
Property crimes that we see frequently include:
- Access device fraud (credit or debit card fraud)
- Criminal mischief
The penalties for theft and property crimes vary widely based on the specific crime charged, the value of the property involved, and the circumstances surrounding the offense. In some cases, the penalty may be simply to pay a fine or be placed on probation. More serious cases, however, can result in lengthy terms of incarceration in a state prison.
Burglary, for example, is one of the most common property crimes our attorneys handle. Burglary is a felony, which can carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Despite what many people think, burglary does not necessarily involve stealing anything; rather, it involves entering a building with the intent to commit a crime inside. A diligent and well-prepared attorney can challenge the evidence and raise various defenses in order to prevent a conviction of burglary and the devastating consequences that follow.
Aside from the penal consequences, a theft or burglary conviction on your record will also dramatically affect your career prospects, as many employers view these offenses as an indicator of dishonesty and deceitfulness.
Skillfully Advocating For The Best Outcome
As you can see, the penalties for theft and property crimes can be severe. That is why you need an experienced attorney who will help you understand your options, develop defenses and seek the best resolution of your case. It is crucial to have a lawyer who is unafraid of going all the way to trial if that is necessary to protect your rights.
Contact Engle, Kauffman & VanHorn, P.C.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a theft or property offense, it is essential that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible to defend against these serious charges. Please call our State College office at 814-308-0894 or fill out our intake form on our Contact page to schedule a free consultation.