Accused of Possessing Stolen Property in Pittsburgh?
Contact a Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Lawyer Today!
The law treats those who possess or receive property they know to be stolen
similar to those who actually perform the act of theft in the first place.
This means you could be facing serious penalties if you are convicted,
even if you never actually performed the
theft in the first place. This makes a skilled Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney
pivotal to protecting you from the harshness of the justice system.
Attorney Melvin L. Vatz of
the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz has served residents of Pittsburgh since 1976. His extensive experience
representing those who are faced with criminal charges have made him a
skilled cross-examiner who can use the evidence in your case to poke holes
in the prosecution, protect you from the penalties, and clear your name
and reputation. Attorney Vatz has received an AV® Preeminent™
Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for his ethical standards
and legal acumen.
free consultation for your charges, call The Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz today at 412.453.3341.
Knowing the Property Was Stolen
It is against the law to receive stolen property, whether you purchase
it for remuneration, receive it as a gift, or take control of it on behalf
of someone else. However, if you are unaware that the property was stolen
and you are willing to return it to its rightful owner, then no crime
has been committed.
Penalties for Receiving Stolen Property
As stated previously, receiving stolen property is penalized similarly
to actually stealing the property in the first place. Depending on the
value of the property stolen, Pennsylvania penalizes this crime as low
as a misdemeanor of the third degree to as high as a third-degree felony.
Penalties for receiving stolen property can include:
- Large fines
- Jail time
- Permanent criminal record
- Possible loss of rights
- Victim damages
Repeat offenders or those who steal certain types of property, such as
weapons, livestock, or emergency services equipment, may be subject to
Don’t leave your case up to chance;
contact The Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz and let us help you today!