Experienced Philadelphia Theft and Property Crimes Attorney
Alan Tauber has been a property crimes lawyer for 25+ years and has unique expertise in the defense of theft charges, whether they occurred by force, deception, or plain seizure.
Property Crime Defense Attorney in Pennsylvania and the Surrounding Areas
Being charged with a property offense can have serious consequences, including prison, restitution, and negative lifelong effects on employment prospects, business, and housing access. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, property crimes can be charged under either state or federal law.
Charges by the federal government are generally more serious because federal sentencing rules are more severe and the federal government has more resources to investigate a case.
If you are charged with a federal offense, you need a federal criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia who has specialized knowledge of the court and sentencing rules in the federal system. If you are charged with a property offense under state law, you also need legal counsel with experience and expertise in the state system. Alan Tauber has worked in both systems for over 25 years and understands the key differences.
Common Theft and Property Crimes We Handle
Access Device Fraud
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Fines, Sentencing and Penalties for Property Crimes in Pennsylvania
- Felony 1st degree: maximum sentence of twenty years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.
- Felony 2nd degree: maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Felony 3rd degree: maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Misdemeanor 1st degree: maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
- Misdemeanor 2nd degree: maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
- Misdemeanor 3rd degree: maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine up to $2,500.
- Summary offense: maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $300.
Possible Defenses for Philadelphia Property Crimes
Claim of Right
Motion to Suppress Evidence
Reducing the Severity of the Offense
Challenges to Intent
Statute of Limitations
Settlement for malicious prosecution
Settlement for malicious prosecution and false arrest
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Why Should You Hire Tauber Law as Your White Collar Defense Attorney?
ExperienceWith more than 25 years of experience as a theft and property crime defense attorney.
CommitmentWho has resolved hundreds of theft charges in state and federal courts.
Track RecordWho, as the Chief Public Defender, has received the esteem of judges and prosecutors who will handle your case.
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What is the difference between robbery, burglary and theft?
A theft covers any case where a person intentionally deprives another person of his property, money or services without the intention of returning it. Robbery occurs when a person commits a theft but uses force against another person to do so. Burglary occurs when a person enters a building without permission to commit a theft.
How much does a theft lawyer cost in Philadelphia?
No criminal defense is cheap, including a Philadelphia theft attorney. Fees vary widely, and so do fee structures. For this reason, an average would be meaningless. Some attorneys charge a flat fee per case. Others charge a flat fee for each court appearance. Still, others charge an hourly rate ($400 per hour, for example).
What is the most common property crime?
Burglary, motor vehicle theft, and credit card fraud are the most common types of property crime.