Understanding a Retail Theft Summary Offense in PA
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 a conviction’s impact 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. Don’t let this happen to you! Get in touch with our retail theft attorney today!
Conviction Has Consequences
In Pennsylvania, you can face severe consequences if you are convicted of retail theft. While the penalties can vary on several factors, all of them can have devasting effects on your life. Here is a guideline for how these charges are sentenced:
- Summary Offense: A person’s first retail theft offense and merchandise valued at less than $150. Fines range from $100 to $250.
- Second-Degree Misdemeanor: When someone is convicted of retail theft for a second time, and the merchandise is valued at under $150. Fines range from $250 to $500.
- First-Degree Misdemeanor: If it’s your first retail theft offense, but the value of the merchandise is $150 or more, you’ll receive a first-degree misdemeanor.
- Third Degree Felony: A third or subsequent retail theft conviction, regardless of the value of merchandise, or if the merchandise stolen exceeds $1,000 or is a firearm or motor vehicle. The fine is $500, and your driving privilege may be suspended for 30 days.
In addition to the above charges and fines, a court may order you to pay back the value of the merchandise or return it. You may also be ordered to jail or community service. Don’t face the courts alone. Get in touch with our Lancaster shoplifting attorney today!
Find Out How A Lawyer Can Protect You
If you have questions regarding retail theft, 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.