Allentown Theft Attorney
If you have been charged with theft, you are looking at some serious penalties that could affect both your checkbook and your freedom. Theft charges should not be taken lightly in Pennsylvania, and you need a legal team who will work aggressively to mitigate the outcomes of the accusations. At van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin, that is precisely what you will get. Our experienced Allentown theft attorneys believe in your constitutional right to a vigorous defense, and will fight for your rights today.
Punishments can be Severe
Allegedly receiving, holding, or disposing of stolen property are all actions that can result in theft charges. Additionally, obtaining services for oneself or for someone else without providing required compensation (like by tampering with a water meter, for example) is considered theft. The consequences associated with theft are based on a number of factors. First and foremost, the value of the item(s) that were allegedly taken is connected with specific penalties. An individual’s previous convictions will factor in, as well.
- In general, those convicted of theft can anticipate anywhere from a year or less in jail to more than ten years in prison.
- Restitution and fines often accompany these sentences.
- For merchandise and/or auto theft, fines can get as high as $15,000.
Mitigating the Consequences
Your experienced legal team at van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin will work to dispute any evidence presented against you. Clearly, a finding of innocence is the ultimate goal. In the worst of circumstances, reducing the charges and the accompanying fines and/or incarceration can be a big win. We have a number of strategies to attack your charges, from finding inconsistencies in the police report to challenging the testimony of witnesses. We will leave no stone unturned in your defense.
Alternative for First Offenders
For first offenders, there is a possibility of becoming enrolled in the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program. By successfully completing the program and paying court costs and fines, you will have the opportunity to have your record expunged without ever serving any time behind bars.
Choosing the Right Legal Team
Your life and liberty are at stake: making the right choice in a legal team can have a huge impact on your future. At van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin, we offer our clients the peace of mind that comes with an aggressive, thorough defense, including:
- A comprehensive examination of the evidence presented by the prosecution;
- An in-depth analysis of witness testimony, police reports, and other documentation associated with the case;
- An assertive confrontation of any inconsistencies in the case;
- An argument to have weak charges dropped or lessened.
Don’t spend another moment with questions as to how to proceed. Contact our Allentown office today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and get our team working for you.