Theft and robbery charges are serious. A conviction of theft in New Jersey or Pennsylvania can result in long prison sentences, and incredibly harsh financial penalties. A criminal record of theft can lead to difficulties in obtaining employment and housing, and can even damage the way you are perceived and trusted by your own friends and family.
If you are facing allegations of theft, it is absolutely critical that reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Prosecuting attorneys are trained to overwhelm defendants with aggressive tactics: it simply isn’t a fair fight to face the prosecution on your own. Call Young, Marr & Associates today at (609) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation.
If you or someone you know has been accused of committing theft, it is simply not in your best interests to argue your own case against a trained, knowledgeable prosecuting attorney. However, you can level the playing field and give yourself the best possible chance at in-trial success by retaining the assistance of a seasoned theft attorney to defend your case.
At Young, Marr & Associates, we can:
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In Pennsylvania and New Jersey alike, theft is a broad charge with encompasses a variety of theft-related offenses. Our theft attorneys handle the full spectrum of theft-related charges, including:
New Jersey and Pennsylvania handle crime classification with different language, though the idea of classification based on severity is the same. In New Jersey, theft offenses are divided into disorderly person (DP) (or “petty”) crimes, and indictable crimes. These terms are analogous to the more commonly-known felony and misdemeanor classifications, which Pennsylvania applies. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, a theft can be classified as either DP/petty/misdemeanor, or indictable/felony.
It’s important to note that not only is committing theft considered a theft crime, but also receiving stolen goods. Theft can apply to property or services (e.g. stealing cable), in New Jersey and Pennsylvania alike.
The severity of a theft classification is determined mainly based on the value of what was stolen.
It should also be noted that there are circumstances in which factors besides the value of the object of theft can also influence the classification which a theft offense is given. For example, regardless of the value involved, theft is a 3rd Degree crime when the property is:
Regardless of the value involved, theft is a 2nd Degree crime when the property is:
In Pennsylvania, crimes of theft are either misdemeanor offenses, or felony offenses. Again, the predominant factor in classification is value of the property stolen, but as in New Jersey, additional factors can come into play.
Theft as a 2nd Degree or 1st Degree Felony is determined not by financial value, but by outside factors. For example, theft becomes a 2nd Degree Felony when:
For a 2nd Degree Felony:
Theft Becomes a 1st Degree Felony when:
For a 1st Degree Felony:
At Young, Marr and Associates, we bring more than three decades of criminal law experience as theft lawyers to the table. With over 10,000 criminal cases’ worth of experience, we are committed to providing all of our clients with only the highest degree of dedication and research in order to aggressively and effectively represent each and every case.
If you are facing theft charges in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you need to contact an experienced theft attorney immediately. Contact our law offices online to arrange for a free and confidential attorney consultation today, or call (609) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania.