Have you been charged with stealing someone else’s property in Pennsylvania? People found guilty of theft crimes–robbery, burglary, or theft–face serious consequences in Scranton and other communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
At Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam, we understand the seriousness of such crimes. That’s because we have worked with many people facing such charges and why we’re eager to work with you. We believe everyone deserves exceptional legal advice – and we want to help.
Our law firm includes some of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Pennsylvania. Along with a former two-term District Attorney, our firm includes the former Chief Public Defender and former Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Scranton. There’s no substitute for courtroom experience. Of course, there’s no substitute for success.
These three types of theft crimes might seem similar. But in the eyes of the law in Pennsylvania, these three criminal charges have very distinct differences. The state defines these three crimes as follows:
Pennsylvania classifies robbery as a third-degree felony, which is punishable with up to 7 years in prison. The charge becomes a second-degree felony the moment someone is harmed during a robbery. Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Once the injuries inflicted by the defendant are serious and result in severe bodily harm, this particular robbery charge is classified as a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Whenever someone is killed during a robbery, the thief will be charged with second-degree murder.
Pennsylvania often classifies burglary as a first-degree felony, a crime that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years. However, sometimes law enforcement officials classify burglary as a second-degree felony, especially if there was no one in the structure when the burglar entered the building. The penalty for a second-degree felony is up to 10 years in prison in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has several different theft charges based primarily on the value of the stolen items. The penalties include:
Subtle distinctions exist between crimes classified as theft, robbery, or burglary. But the penalties for one crime versus another can sometimes be dramatically different. We protect clients against overzealous prosecutors who file the wrong charges or build cases based on procedural mistakes and flawed evidence. We have years of experience investigating all types of serious criminal cases. Most importantly, we know what evidence to look for and what questions to ask when trying to build the strongest case.
First, we’ll meet and consult on your case. After determining the best path for you, we’ll look to get your charges downgraded, dismissed, or negotiate a favorable plea deal on your behalf. Furthermore, we cannot stress enough the importance of contacting our law firm as soon as possible. We want to work with you and give your case the attention it rightfully deserves. Contact us right now for a free case evaluation: (570) 348-0776.
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