When an individual is accused of or arrested for any kind of theft crime, they should immediately contact a York criminal defense lawyer at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. It does not matter if the theft crime was major or minor, your rights must be protected and you will need an effective defense to assist you in your case. Having any kind of a criminal record could adversely affect your future education goals, employment possibilities and the ability to achieve success in life. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.
Theft crimes can include such things as:
- Auto theft
- Identity theft
- Check/credit card fraud
Being found guilty of such crimes could result in jail time, fines, having to pay restitution, community service, and probation. Having an attorney on your side who not only is willing to fight in your defense but has vast experience both as a negotiator and litigator is very valuable.
An arrest or questioning generally occurs after a theft has taken place, so prosecutors rely on sometimes nebulous witness statements and unclear recordings of the event that has taken place. It is vital to retain the services of an attorney to assist you before you talk to the police or make any statement at all.
Penalties of Theft in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, criminal consequences for theft are heavily based on the value of the item that was stolen. The breakdown is as follows:
- Stolen property valued under $50 is a misdemeanor of the third degree
- Stolen property valued over $50 but under $200 is a misdemeanor of the second degree
- Stolen property valued over $200 but under $1000 is a misdemeanor of the first degree
- Stolen property valued over $2000 is a felony of the third degree
- Stolen property valued over $100,000 but less than $500,000 is a felony of the second degree
- Stolen property valued over $500,000 is a felony of the first degree
Contact a Lancaster Criminal Defense Lawyer You Can Count On
At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we have more than 40 years of combined legal experience and have strong ties to York. We have held a number of positions in the York County Bar Association and are active members of the community. Our varied experience includes appointments as Assistant City Solicitors, Associate Legal Counsel for the police department and in-house counsel for two insurance carriers, to name a few.
We are proud of our work ethic, proven results, and desire to help those in the community. We will seek to resolve your theft crime charges as swiftly as possible, whether you are located in York or Lancaster, PA. Our goal is always to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed. If you are in need of professional and knowledgeable legal assistance, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein immediately.