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Allentown Shoplifting Attorney

Shoplifting: while it may seem like no big deal at the time, the fact is, shoplifting is a very serious crime, and one that is mercilessly prosecuted in Pennsylvania. So what should you do if you are charged with retail theft? Your best move is to exercise your right to remain silent, and immediately contact the experienced, aggressive Allentown shoplifting attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin. When you put your future in our hands, we will work tirelessly on your behalf. From there, you simply need to cooperate with your legal team and trust us to secure the best possible outcomes under Pennsylvania law.

What Constitutes Retail Theft?

Naturally, walking out of the store without paying for an item is considered shoplifting. But plenty of other scenarios constitute retail theft, as well. For example, when someone substitutes the price tag of a lesser priced item on a more expensive one, the retailer is being cheated out of the fair value of the article. That is retail theft. Indicating that something is included in the clearance merchandise when that is not the case is another way to cheat retailers. This, too, is retail theft.

Legal Penalties Associated with Shoplifting

In addition to the damage to your reputation and good standing in the community, there are serious consequences for shoplifting in Pennsylvania. The penalties vary depending on your record, the value of the merchandise taken, and, of course, the quality of your legal representation. The scope of fines and incarceration are all quite daunting:

Criminal History Value of Stolen Merchandise Range of Fines Range of Incarceration
No criminal history Under $150 $0-$300 0-90 days
1 prior conviction Under $150 $0-$5,000 0-730 days
1 prior conviction $150 or more $0-$15,000 Up to 7 years
2 prior convictions Any amount $0-$15,000 Up to 7 years
No criminal history Taking a firearm or items exceeding $1,000 in value $0-$15,000 Up to 7 years

Providing a Comprehensive Defense

At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, we will carefully examine every aspect of your alleged shoplifting scenario in order to construct the strongest defense possible. We may address your character, the return of the stolen property, your state of mind at the time of the purported crime, and other factors that relevant factors. Regardless of the circumstances, rest assured that your legal team will work relentlessly to ensure you a positive outcome. To discuss your situation, call our Allentown office to schedule a no cost, confidential consultation today.

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    We have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
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    Our firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
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