Understanding a Retail Theft Summary Offense in PA
Conviction Has Consequences
Depending on the monetary value of the items and the individual’s prior history, retail theft can have devastating consequences upon conviction. It is crucial to seek the legal advice and defense of a skilled Lancaster shoplifting attorney.
At Marinaro Law, we understand the impact a conviction can have on a person’s life. Outside of consequences such as jail time, restitution and probation, an individual will now have a criminal record. This record might ultimately limit his or her job or housing opportunities in the future.
In Pennsylvania, the first retail theft offense is generally a summary offense. The second offense is generally a misdemeanor. The third offense is a felony regardless of the value of the item. Each offense carries a specific set of penalties. Contact our firm to discuss your unique situation and learn more about the obstacles you face through the legal process.
What Is Forgery?
Forgery is a type of fraud that entails an individual:
- Altering the writing of another person without that person’s authority
- Makes, completes, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another person, executed at a time or place that it was not, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed
- Delivers any writing that he or she knows to be forged
While an individual must complete the act with the intent to defraud, the deception is not a necessary component of the crime. At Marinaro Law, we will carefully evaluate your charge and develop a strong defense strategy that shields you from the full force of the criminal justice system.
Find Out How A Lawyer Can Protect You
If you have questions regarding retail theft or forgery, contact Marinaro Law by calling 717-397-7055, toll free 866-614-6520 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but we offer evening and weekend appointments upon request. We offer services in English or Spanish and provide free consultations in some criminal defense cases.