Pittsburgh Theft Attorneys
A theft conviction can mean jail time, fines, and a long-term impact on your future. Learn how we can help.
If you or a family member have been accused of a theft crime, you are probably worried about what to do next. Many times people are driven to acts of theft, such as passing bad checks or shoplifting, because severe financial problems have made it difficult for them to feed their family and cover basic bills. Other times people give in to an impulse and make a single mistake.
Theft charges appear frequently in Pittsburgh-area courts. If you are arrested, you can draw consequences that range from fines to having to pay restitution, to months or even years in jail. Having a criminal record because of a theft charge makes it especially hard for you to find a good job. Prospective employers who do background checks are unlikely to hire someone whose past actions indicate there is a likelihood they will steal from them.
The repercussions of a theft arrest can be devastating. Working with an experienced defense attorney can make all the difference if you are charged.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania bears the burden of proving you have committed theft beyond a reasonable doubt, but the best way to avoid a conviction is to hire an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights. The police will be asking you questions in order to provide the prosecution with evidence in their case. If you try to explain yourself, the police may use something you say out of context.
This is why having a good defense attorney can help you. I can meet with you and the police to make sure you don’t incriminate yourself. I can also begin building a defense based on law enforcement’s allegations. I have experience reviewing and analyzing evidence as well as interviewing witnesses and cross-examining them in a trial. Your future is at stake – don’t fight this alone.
Creating a strong defense against theft charges starts with understanding the circumstances. It’s possible that you thought that you were picking up your own coat when you left the bus, but by accident you took someone else’s. However, you can’t just tell the police that you thought it was yours. I can help you figure out what evidence you need to provide to support a claim of ownership.
There are other defenses for theft crimes that vary widely on the specifics of your case. Contact me for an initial case evaluation, free of charge, and learn how I can help.
Scope of Theft Crimes
In Pittsburgh, theft crimes include everything from shoplifting jewelry at the mall to using forged gift cards to buy dinner at a Squirrel Hill restaurant.
- Theft by Unlawful Taking — The consequences if you are charged with theft.
- Retail Theft — What to expect if you are charged with shoplifting.
- Burglary — Burglary in Pennsylvania and its penalties.
- Theft by Deception — What happens if you are arrested for theft by deception.
- Passing Bad Checks — The seriousness of a bad checks charge and the penalties.
- Forgery — The consequences of a forgery charge.
- Receiving Stolen Property — What to expect if you are charged with receiving stolen property.