Shoplifting Charges and Penalties in Pittsburgh
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Shoplifting, otherwise known as retail theft in Pennsylvania, is a theft
crime in that it involves a specific target, a retail establishment, in
order to be charged. Retail theft occurs when a person takes something
from a store or other business without paying the
full retail value of it. In order to be convicted, the prosecution must also demonstrate
that you had the intent on depriving the shop of the financial compensation
for their good or service.
When you are facing charges of shoplifting, a reputable Pittsburgh criminal
defense lawyer is vital to defending your rights and your name. At the
Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we have represented numerous clients from around the Pittsburgh area
in criminal and civil trials. Attorney Melvin L. Vatz has more than 38
years of experience in law practice, including experience as a former
District Attorney, giving him valuable insight as to the strategies of
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Retail Theft Penalties
If you are found guilty of retail theft, the penalties you face will depend
on a number of different factors, including the type of merchandise stolen
and its value. Your previous criminal history will also play a role in
your sentencing, and repeat offenders will have their charges augmented.
Retail theft penalties in Pennsylvania can include:
- Jail time
- Permanent criminal record
- Possible restitution to the victim
Additionally, Pennsylvania law allows victims of retail theft to sue adult
shoplifters or guardians of juvenile perpetrators to recover damages from
the incident, including the value of the merchandise taken if it is not
returned in the same condition, damages from the incident, legal fees and more.
A skilled attorney can assist you with analyzing all of the evidence in
your case and can aid you in opting to take a plea bargain if it is the
most beneficial option. In Pennsylvania, those who are first-time offenders
may be eligible to avoid prosecution through a program known as Accelerated
Rehabilitative Disposition. Discuss these options with your attorney to
see if you qualify.
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