In Pennsylvania, property offenses and theft offenses encompass a variety of possible allegations, all with different elements of proof and varying potential penalties. If you face these allegations (or are about to be charged), it is likely that the police have already completed their investigation.  So, you and your lawyer are now behind and must get to work to catch up.  Now is the time to start.  You've come to the right place. 

"Choosing Tim George for our lawyer was one of the best decisions we could have ever made.  He worked nothing less than a miracle for our son. Five Stars!" T.N. (Theft Offense) December 2014,

The People We Help

We defend the freedom of people charged with:

Bad Checks

Retail Theft



Theft by Unlawful Taking

Theft By Deception

Identity Theft

Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property



Access Device Fraud

Deceptive Business Practices

Insurance Fraud

And other theft & property crimes

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Theft Offenses Can Be Complicated

In Pennsylvania, theft offenses are graded by the amount alleged to have been stolen and the number of times you have previously be convicted of theft. Some examples include:

♦ Felony 1, if > $500,000

♦ Felony 2, if > $100,000 but < $500,000

♦ Felony 3, if > $25,000 but < $100,000

♦ Felony 3, if > $2,000 but < $25,000

♦ Midemeanor 1, if > $200 but < $2,000

♦ Misdemeanor 2, if > $50 but <$200

Previous Convictions Make Matters Worse

If you have previous convictions for offenses, like retail theft, the grade increases from summary to midemeanor to felony with new convictions. 

Other Factors To Consider

Other factors make a theft a either a burglary, robbery or other theft offense.  Such factors also may change the grade of the offense and also increase the penalties affecting the "offense gravity score" or OGS.  Examples of some of these factors include:

√ whether the offense was committed by force or threat of force(robbery)

√ whether the property was stolen from a home (burglary) or   store (retail theft)

√ whether  people were at home at the time

√ what was taken ( guns or drugs)

√ whether you have previous convictions for other thefts

√ and other factors

Why Your Lawyer Can Make A Difference

Your understanding of all of these factors is essential to preparing your defense.  And what lawyer you choose is a critical first step in what can be a difficult fight for your freedom and your future. 

About Us

Since 1992, we have defended people accused of property, theft, and related offenses. We work to remain ahead of changes in the law and the sentencing code to ensure that we provide you with the best defense possible and the best results available.  The Erie Theft, Burglary & criminal defense lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., P.C bring a unique and extensive background to bear on the problems you face. 

◊ Former assistant district attorney

◊ Former U.S. Amy trial counsel in Iraq

◊ Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyer - Criminal Defense in 2016 as compiled by an independent service using a patented selection process designed to identify outstanding lawyers in particular practice areas.

◊ Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for highest ethics and legal ability based upon reviews by judges and other lawyers

◊ Rated 10.0-Superb by based upon our experience and endorsements by other lawyers

◊ Awarded Client's Choice Award by based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients

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