Harrisburg Theft Crime Defense Lawyers
Although shoplifting—known as retail theft in Pennsylvania—is generally a minor crime, it can still lead to harsh consequences. Depending on the nature of a charge, a person accused of the offense may face steep fines and jail sentencing. Don’t wait to contact an experienced crime defense lawyer after receiving allegations of retail theft.
Our Harrisburg theft crime lawyers have more than 30 years of combined experience in all levels of criminal defense. Because we have handled high-profile cases, we are more than equipped to help you seek a favorable result in your shoplifting case. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.
Your Charges & Our Defense
You can receive a charge of retail theft for intent to steal property. This means that you may face criminal charges if a store owner believes you have been intentionally concealing product. The most important element in determining what charges you will receive is the actual item you were charged with stealing.
You can receive the following charges for shoplifting:
- Summary offense: For a first offense involving retail worth $150 or less, you could face 90 days in jail and as much as $300 in fines.
- Second degree misdemeanor: For a second theft of merchandise worth $150 or less, you could face two years in jail, with up to $5,000 in fines
- First degree misdemeanor: For shoplifting items worth at least $150, you could face a maximum of five years in jail and $10,000 in fines
- Third degree felony: After two convictions, any consecutive offense could lead to seven years in jail and $15,000 in fines; additionally, you may face these consequences for one offense involving a firearm or goods totaling $2,000.
Our Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys will do whatever we can to ensure that our clients receive a favorable outcome in their case. In many situations, our legal team can negotiate with prosecution to reduce the penalties or help you avoid your charges through a diversion program. Additionally, if we find that your rights have been violated, we will mount a powerful defense in your favor. Regardless of the retail theft charges you are facing, we can provide the professional representation you require.
Call our firm, Crisp and Associates, LLC, to discuss your case with a committed criminal defense team!