purchase, george & murphey.

purchase, george & murphey.

Theft Lawyers in Erie, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys Help You Beat Shoplifting Charges in Erie, PA

In Pennsylvania, property offenses and theft offenses encompass a variety of possible allegations, all with different elements of proof and different potential penalties. If you face these allegations, or if you are about to be charged with a theft offense, it is likely that the police have already completed their investigation. So, you and your lawyer are now behind and must get to work in order to catch up. Now is the time to start. You’ve come to the right place.
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The People We Help Fight Theft Charges in Erie County, PA

We defend the freedom of people facing criminal charges for:

  • Bad Checks
  • Retail Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Theft By Deception
  • Identity Theft
  • Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property
  • Trespass
  • Forgery
  • Access Device Fraud
  • Deceptive Business Practices
  • Insurance Fraud
  • And other theft & property crimes
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This form is fully confidential. We will safeguard your privacy and reputation. We will contact you within 24 hours. If you need immediate assistance, please call our office: 814.402.8826


"When you need representation and a lawyer who is not afraid to fight for you call Purchase, George & Murphey. Very professional, courteous, and responsive."

Adam W., August 2021 / Former Client


"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., / Former Theft Offense Client


"If you are reading reviews on this site, you are likely in need of a criminal attorney to defend your rights. The very best advise I can give you is to stop reading and call Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C…"

Annonymous, / Former Shoplifting Client

Theft Offenses in Pennsylvania 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 been 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 for PA Theft Crimes Can Make Matters Worse

If you have previous convictions for theft offenses, like retail theft or shoplifting, the grade increases from summary to misdemeanor, and maybe even to felony with new convictions.

Other Factors to Consider When Fighting a Pennsylvania Theft Offense Charge

Other factors can mean that your theft charges are classified as either burglary, robbery or some other theft offense. Such factors also may change the grade of the offense, as well as 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

About Us: Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C.

Since 1992, we have defended people accused of property crimes, theft crimes, and related offenses. We work to remain ahead of changes in the law and the PA 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. bring a unique and extensive background to bear on the problems you face. Here are some of our impressive credentials:

  • Former assistant district attorney.
  • Former U.S. Army 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 Avvo.com, based upon our experience and endorsements by other lawyers.
  • Awarded Client’s Choice Award by Avvo.com, based upon the number of favorable reviews by other lawyers and clients.

Let’s Get Started: Contact an Experienced Erie, PA Theft Defense Attorney Today!

Call today to get started. Dial (814) 580-5017 or complete the quick contact form to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Pennsylvania.

Eric Purchase

Eric Purchase

Craig Murphey

Craig Murphey

Timothy George

Tim George

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