Theft from a Motor Vehicle In Philadelphia
Theft from a Motor Vehicle is the taking of an item or items from a car that do not belong to you, with the intent to keep them. For example, if a person reaches into an unlocked car they do not own and do not have permission to use of be in, and takes a cell phone charger for themselves, they can be charged with Theft from a Motor Vehicle.
Pennsylvania courts treat this in two ways: as a regular Theft offense and as a Theft from a Motor Vehicle. Like many other Theft offenses, Theft from a Motor Vehicle is graded depending on the value of the items taken.
Often, prosecutors and police will charge both Theft and Theft from a Motor Vehicle. Prosecutors and police have an incentive to charge you with Theft from a Motor Vehicle: after your third offense, you can be charged with a felony regardless of the value of the items. As such, it is important to know what you are charged with.
The Pennsylvania Legislature has enacted the following statute applying to Thefts from a Motor Vehicle:
§ 3934. Theft from a motor vehicle.
(a) Offense defined.--A person commits the offense of theft
from a motor vehicle if he unlawfully takes or attempts to take
possession of, carries away or exercises unlawful control over
any movable property of another from a motor vehicle with the
intent to deprive him thereof.
(1) An offense under this section is:
(i) a misdemeanor of the third degree if the amount
involved was less than $50; or
(ii) a misdemeanor of the second degree if the
amount involved was $50 or more but less than $200; or
(iii) a misdemeanor of the first degree if the
amount involved was greater than $200.
(2) When the offense is a third or subsequent offense
within a five-year period, regardless of the amount involved
and regardless of the grading of the prior offenses, an
offense under this section is a felony of the third degree.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY TODAY TO IDENTIFY YOUR OPTIONS
Every case and situation is different. If you are charged with Theft from a Motor Vehicle, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you whether it is more advantageous to fight or to negotiate an appropriate plea agreement. An experienced criminal defense attorney can also tell you whether there are any issues with the case you can use to fight the charges. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experiences defending those accused of crimes.
If you have been accused of Theft from a Motor Vehicle, contact the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.
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