In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, theft and related offenses are defined in Chapter 39 of the Crimes Code and include:
The penalties for a theft conviction can be severe, and depend upon the grading of the theft offense. Theft offenses are graded as follows:
(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.
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.
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.