The charges of robbery and theft both involve the unlawful taking of property. Of the two, theft is the less serious, but can easily be graded as a felony depending on the value and type of item(s) taken. If the value is low enough, the theft will be graded as a summary offense (the lowest level and expungeable). However, as a general rule if the value involved is at least $50 but less than $2000, the charge is a more serious misdemeanor. If the value is determined to be over $2,000, or the property stolen is a firearm, vehicle, vessel or airplane of any kind the charge is a very serious and life altering felony.
Before being convicted of a theft offense, the must show that you not only unlawfully took, transferred or exercised control over another person’s property, but that you had the specific intent to deprive the owner of his or her property. Different types of theft include theft by deception, theft by extortion, theft of services, theft by receiving stolen property, and theft of lost property.
The related offense of robbery involves a theft, but also has an added element. Specifically, a person is guilty of robbery if, in the course of committing a theft, he or she: 1) inflicts serious bodily injury upon another; 2) threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate serious bodily injury; 3) commits or threatens immediately to commit any felony of the first or second degree; 4) inflicts bodily injury upon another or threatens another with or intentionally puts him in fear of immediate bodily injury; or 5) physically takes or removes property from the person of another by force however slight. All robberies are graded as felonies of various degrees. Even the lowest level of robbery is punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.00.
Just like all criminal charges, the State has a burden to prove all elements of these crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately, with the offenses of robbery and theft it is possible to develop an effective defense. It may be possible to get necessary evidence suppressed if it was obtained through an unlawful search of your person, vehicle, or home.
DeLuco Law works tirelessly on behalf of clients, offering comprehensive legal services aimed at protecting their rights and getting results. Attorney DeLuco is willing to comprehensively seek all possible means of resulting a client’s case. Because the Commonwealth will come after you if accused of this type of crime, you need a successful criminal defense attorney to mount a vigorous defense on your behalf every step of the way.