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Theft and Related Offenses

Pennsylvania Theft and Related Offenses Attorneys

What crimes are included in Pennsylvania’s Theft and Related Offenses statutes?

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, theft and related offenses are defined in Chapter 39 of the Crimes Code and include:

Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition (18 P.S. §3921);

Theft by Deception (18 P.S. §3922);

Theft by Extortion (18 P.S. §3923);

Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid, or Delivered by Mistake (18 P.S. §3924);

Receiving Stolen Property (18 P.S. §3925);

Theft of Services (18 P.S. §3926);

Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received (18 P.S. §3927);

Unauthorized Use of Automobiles and Other Vehicles (18 P.S. §3928);

Retail Theft (18 P.S. §3929);

Library Theft (18 P.S. §3929.1);

Unlawful Possession of Retail or Library Theft Instruments (18 P.S. §3929.2);

Organized Retail Theft (18 P.S. §3929.3);

Theft of Trade Secrets (18 P.S. §3930);

Theft of Unpublished Dramas and Musical Compositions (18 P.S. §3931);

Theft of Leased Property (18 P.S. §3932);

Theft from a Motor Vehicle (18 P.S. §3934).

What Are The Grades And Penalties Of Pennsylvania's Theft Offenses

The penalties for a theft conviction can be severe, and depend upon the grading of the theft offense. Theft offenses are graded as follows:

  • Felony of the first degree:  theft can rise to the grade of a felony of the first degree if, in the case of receiving stolen property, the property received, retained or disposed of is a firearm, and the receiver is in the business of buying or selling stolen property; or the amount involved is $500,000 or more.  A first degree felony is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of more than 10 years and/or a  fine not exceeding $25,000.
  • Felony of the second degree: theft can rise to the grade of a felony of the second degree if certain theft offenses are committed during a manmade,  natural or war-caused disaster; or the property stolen is a firearm; or in the case of receiving stolen property the property received, retained or disposed of is a firearm; or the property stolen is any amount of anhydrous ammonia;  or the amount involved is $100,000 or more but less than $500,000.  A felony of the second degree is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 10 years and/or a fine not exceeding $25,000.
  • Felony of the third degree:  theft can rise to the grade of a felony of the third degree if the amount involved exceeds $2000, or if the property stolen is an automobile, airplane, motorcycle, motorboat or other motor-propelled vehicle, or in the case of theft by receiving stolen property, if the receiver is in the business of buying or selling stolen property.  A felony of the third degree is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment not greater than 7 years and/or a fine not exceeding $15,000.
  • Misdemeanor of the first degree:  theft not within the  subsections described above constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree, except that if the property was not taken from the person or by threat, or in breach of a fiduciary obligation, and the amount involved was $50 or more but less than $200, the offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the second degree.  If the amount involved was less than $50 the offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the third degree.
What are the penalties for misdemeanor offenses

(1) A misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 5 years, and/or a fine not exceeding $10,000.

(2) A misdemeanor of the second degree is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than  2 years, and/or a fine not exceeding $5,000.

(3) A misdemeanor of the third degree is punishable by a  maximum term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and/or a fine not exceeding $2,500.

charged with a theft offense? the highly skilled and experienced trial lawyers at Charles Law Offices can help!

In light of the potential severe punishment and long-term consequences for  a conviction of  a theft offense, it is imperative that the accused retain as soon as possible a  highly skilled trial attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in such areas as the law of search and seizure; federal and state constitutional law; evidence;  unlawful police conduct and tactics; pleading and motion practice, including suppression motions;  pretrial investigation, preparation, and strategy; presentation and rebuttal of relevant scientific, forensic, biological, and mental health evidence and experts; preservation of the record  and issues for appellate review; post-conviction litigation in state and federal courts; and any other  relevant state and federal law.

Since the 1970’s, Attorneys Dennis G. Charles and Fredrick E. Charles of the Charles Law Offices have  successfully defended people charged with felony and misdemeanor theft offenses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Their excellent legal training,  pretrial investigation, preparation,  trial and appellate skills  have enabled them to  uncover and remedy   illegal searches and seizures and other unlawful police conduct, resulting in successful outcomes for clients charged with serious felony and misdemeanor theft offenses in Pennsylvania and federal courts.

If you, or a loved one, have been charged with a felony theft offense or a misdemeanor theft offense, rely upon the  legal knowledge, training, trial skills and incomparable experience of Attorneys Dennis G. Charles and Fredrick E. Charles of the  Charles Law Offices to zealously defend and represent your legal interests at the highest level. When your freedom and reputation are on the line, you can’t afford anything less!

 

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with a lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the attorneys at Charles Law Offices.

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The Charles Brothers’ devotion to the law is derived from a family history in the legal system and of service to others. Their father, Charles “Chink” Charles (depicted in the lower left-hand corner of the photograph) held a 35 year career in law enforcement, and was selected to serve as the personal bodyguard for former United States Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson during their campaign visits to Allentown.

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