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.

“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) 


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


“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…. .”
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.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

Aggravated Assault

An Erie man faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in prison after he stabbed another man with a butcher knife in an altercation. The wounds required the man to be admitted to a local hospital.


Criminal Mischief

A man claimed that a woman kicked his car repeatedly, resulting in damage. It was successfully argued that the evidence presented at the hearing was not sufficient to hold the case for trial.

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

Criminal Defense Client Reviews

  • "I contacted Tim during a difficult time in my life. I was pulled over and charged with a DUI (thankfully no collisions, property damage or the like). I started researching lawyers in the area, and it became clear that there was a gold standard: Purchase Murphey and George. Tim personally consulted with me over the phone, sending my comprehensive packages of material to read up on what exactly I was being charged with, and what my options were. I live outside of Pennsylvania, but Tim and his office acted as an essential liaison between the police/court system and myself. We didn't miss a beat, and the process moved smoothly."

  • "I chose Atty. George based on his stellar reputation and record in helping with criminal defense. My situation was handled just as I had hoped. Tim was very responsive to my needs, was very clear with my options and very specific about what would happen next. Tim and his staff were very very responsive and that is something you do not see these days. They took every question I raised and answered them quickly and thoroughly and I was never once wondering when I would hear back from either Atty. George or his staff. I would highly recommend Atty. Tim George and I would definitely use his services again in the future."

  • "I hired Tim as my attorney to get my criminal record expunged of two charges (harassment and assault) from 2007. He did a great job explaining the process and what was required of me. His support staff was also extremely helpful and responded to all my concerns promptly. I was so happy and relieved when I found out my petition was granted! Tim did an excellent job and I would recommend his services to anyone in a similar situation."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017