As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA, I represent individuals charged with Crimes against Property. Crimes against Property are listed and defined in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Because the Consolidated Statutes cover all of Pennsylvania, these offenses are the same whether you are in Pittsburgh, Beaver, Butler, or any other City or County in the Commonwealth. Most of us are rather familiar with these offenses from every day life.
What Are Offenses Against Property?
Offenses against property include the following:
All of these involve a claim that you destroyed or removed something that belonged to someone else.
How Serious Are These Crimes?
Like any other category of offenses, Property crimes range from Summary offenses to Felony offenses. In some instances, the grading depends on the value of the object stolen or destroyed. For example, a retail theft is graded depending on the price of the item allegedly stolen.
What Defenses are Available?
Property crimes may be very ease to defense and may be impossible to defend. For example, if you are charged with theft, the charging office must be able to prove by direct or circumstantial evidence that you did take the property. However, if you do not have the property in your possession at the time you are stopped, that may be difficult for the officer to prove at your preliminary hearing.
On the other hand, with today’s technology, cameras are everywhere and video evidence is admissible in court. A forgery case is difficult to defend when you are on camera signing the check. If that is your case, you need an experienced attorney on your side to aggressively challenge the Commonwealth’s evidence.
What Should You Do?
If you have been charged with one of the above crimes, call me as soon as possible. I will take the time to provide you with a no-obligation consultation to learn about your case. I will work with you to find your best defense, and then use my experience to present your defense to the court.
Call 412-209-0657 and ask for Matthew Becker.