Although a first offense of retail theft may only be a summary offense, (depending on the value of the items stolen) a conviction can remain on your criminal record forever, to be seen by potential employers, schools and landlords.
It is important for you to have legal representation if you have been arrested for retail theft. There are programs available for first time offenders, including STOP (Shoplifting and Theft Organized Prevention) and ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition). Contact us today to see if either of these programs apply to you.
Similar to DUI convictions, Retail Theft is a progressive penalty statute. If you are convicted of a second or third charge, your consequences may be serious.
The following maximum penalties apply to Retail Thefts in PA:
|Retail Theft Offense||Category||Maximum Penalty|
|Items over $2000 in value, or theft is of a car or gun, or is a 3rd offense||Third Degree Felony||fines of at least $500, up to 7 years in prison, 30 day driver's license suspension|
|Items over $150 in value but under $2000||First Degree Misdemeanor||fines of $250-$500, up to 5 years in prison|
|Items under $150 in value and 2nd Offense||Second Degree Misdemeanor||fines of $250-$500, up to 3 years in prison|
|Items under $150 in value and 1st Offense||Summary Offense||fines of $10-$250, up to 90 days in jail|
If you or someone you care about has been charged with retail theft, contact our office today for your free consultation.