In Pennsylvania, theft is a very serious crime that may result in life-altering consequences. There are many different classifications of theft because the penalties depend heavily on the value of the property that was stolen. If an individual is convicted of theft, they may be subject to jail time and fines. In addition, a conviction may tarnish a person’s ability to obtain gainful employment, housing they want, and loan applications. As mentioned, the greater the value stolen, the greater the consequences an individual will face if they are convicted.
If property under a $50 value is stolen, it is considered a misdemeanor in the third degree. If property is worth more than $50 but less than $200, it is a misdemeanor in the second degree. Stolen property worth more than $200 but less than $1000 is a misdemeanor in the first degree. When the property is worth more than $1,000, it becomes a felony charge. Felony classifications include:
- Stolen property worth more than $1,000 is a felony in the third degree
- Stolen property worth more than $100,000 but less than $500,000 is a felony in the second degree
- Any stolen property that is worth more than $500,000 is a felony in the first degree
Theft from a retail store has its own classifications, depending on the number of prior offenses the individual had and the value of the property. If you have been charged with theft, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced attorney. Contact our firm today.
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.