Allegheny County Shoplifting Attorney | Retail Theft Lawyer

Allegheny County Shoplifting Attorney

In Pennsylvania, retail theft, otherwise known as “shoplifting” is treated as a very serious crime. Depending on the specifics of the case, a shoplifting charge can result in a felony offense. Even if a felony is not charged, you could face substantial imprisonment or costly fines. Retail theft charges will result in a criminal record which will make you less competitive in the job market and make it more difficult to excel in higher education.

Shoplifting or retail theft charges should be taken seriously. To increase your chances of receiving a reduced or cleared charge, you should contact a retail theft lawyer. You should only consult with an attorney experienced dealing with the complicated Pennsylvania legal system. With years of experience, SMT Legal utilize their knowledge of the law to develop an aggressive defense tailored to your specific case.

Retail Theft in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a number of offenses can be charged as retail theft and can come with a variety of consequences. Aside from the obvious cause—stealing merchandise from a store—you can be charged for retail theft if you attempt to put a tag on another piece of merchandise in order to get a cheaper price. You can also be charged with retail theft if you put an item into a different container or attempt to remove security tags from items.

Retail theft charges are penalized according to the value of merchandise stolen. For items totaling a value of less than $150, you can face maximum fines of $300 and up to three months of incarceration. The penalty will increase if after the first offense and can be charged as a misdemeanor of the second degree. Punishments include fines up to $5,000 and maximum jail time of two years.

If the stolen merchandise exceeds $150, you may be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree. penalties of first degree misdemeanors for shoplifting can include imprisonment of five years and maximum fines of $10,000.

In some cases, you may receive a felony charge. In Pennsylvania, any retail offense after the second can result in a felony of the third degree. You may also receive a third degree felony if the stolen goods total more than $2,000. If you attempt to steal a gun, you may also be charged with a felony. Penalties for felony retail theft can include imprisonment of up to seven years and maximum fines of $15,000.

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    Any retail theft charge you receive can having lasting negative effects on your life. Aside from the legal ramifications, retail theft charges will result in a criminal record which will severely dampen your future professional and educational opportunities. With so much at stake, you should contact an Allegheny County retail theft attorney immediately. Attorneys at SMT Legal will pour over the evidence of your case to develop an aggressive plan for defense. For a free consultation with SMT Legal, call us today. Consultation is available 24/7.

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