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Theft is a broad term. In general, theft is the act of taking something that does not belong to you. However, it’s categorized into several different categories depending on the specifics of your case.
– Lost property
– Mislaid property
– Delivery mistakes
– Theft of services
– Motor vehicle
– Retail theft
– Bad checks
These are all forms of theft for which you could be prosecuted and tried in a court of law. No two cases are ever the same, which means you need to have an attorney on your side to help you fight the specifics of your case. For example, if you are guilty of theft of lost property, you may not be aware that what you did was against the last. Someone lost their items, and you found them. You may assume there is nothing wrong with this, but it is against the last in Chester County.
Theft Charges and Penalties
Chester County law breaks down each offense and takes into consideration. Each crime is broken down into a misdemeanor or a felony charge, but they can also be broken down even further depending on the cost of the theft.
If the item stolen is valued at more than $2,000, the crime is considered a felony. This is the worst-case scenario. If you are convicted of a felony charge, you could face time in jail, hefty fines, and you might find it’s difficult to secure employment when you are released from jail. If the item was valued at more than $200, the crime is a misdemeanor in the first degree. Anything valued over $50 is a misdemeanor in the second degree, and anything valued at less than that is a misdemeanor in the third degree.
Call An Attorney
If you are arrested for theft, you must call an attorney right away. Do not speak to anyone until you have an attorney present. Anything you say can be used against you, and it probably will be used against you in a court of law. An attorney might be able to work with the court to have your charges dropped if you have information that might lead to a bigger and more serious arrest. If you have a clean criminal history without any arrests, an attorney may be able to work with the court to determine you are not a risk to society. They can ask to have your charges dropped or reduced to a lesser degree, and they can even help you avoid jail time in some situations.
Your best defense is the help of an attorney. Your attorney will go over every piece of evidence that’s against you, and they will make sure the arresting officer performed their duties as required by law. If there is anything that causes concern, your attorney will address the situation. If you are innocent of the crime and it’s a case of mistaken identity, your attorney will find evidence that you are innocent. Let your attorney help you fight your charges. If you’re convicted of a theft crime in Chester County, your life will change. You cannot afford to have this on your criminal record, and your attorney will do everything in their power to help you fight these charges and work on your future.