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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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Primary Location
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304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

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1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
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135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
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600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
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101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
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150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
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313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Property and Theft Offenses

Whether you're facing a shoplifting allegation or a robbery charge, a property crime accusation can have a serious impact on your future. Aside from the possibility of jail time and fines, a theft charge on your record can impede future opportunities, particularly for employment. A conviction will show up on background checks and future employers will see this serious allegation.

With your future on the line, you need someone on your side that knows how to navigate Pennsylvania's legal system and is not afraid to fight for your rights. A criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in facing your charges.

West Chester Theft Attorney

The legal team at Ciccarelli Law Offices has helped thousands of clients in the Philadelphia area, and they can defend you against your property crime charges. Property crime charges often vary depending on factors such as the cost of the damage caused, and the attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices can work to reduce the charges you face before you even set foot in a courtroom.

For those in Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, or Montgomery County, you can get the help you need by calling (610) 719-3200 today to schedule your free consultation appointment at Ciccarelli Law Offices. We are based in West Chester, and have offices in Philadelphia, Kennett Square, Malvern, Plymouth Meeting, Springfield, Radnor, King of Prussia and Lancaster.


Pennsylvania Theft and Property Crime Info


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Theft Offenses in Pennsylvania

According to Pennsylvania's laws, theft means that a person has been deprived of their property. If someone takes property with the intent to sell it, permanently keep it, obtain some kind of reward for its possession, or retain it long enough to obtain some of its value, then a theft has been committed.

In Pennsylvania, theft can include the simple act of stealing, but it can also be broken down to include other categories:

Theft by Deception (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3922)

This type of theft means that the accused person allegedly used a false impression to obtain benefit or financial gain. For instance, if a person is selling a car and allows the buyer to pay more for the car because of false information, that person has committed theft by deception.

Theft of Services (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3926)

Theft of services involving a customer intentionally receiving a commercial service without providing compensation, such as a person having a repair completed and not paying for the service.

Receiving Stolen Property (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3925)

Knowingly receiving stolen property is also considered a theft charge, with serious consequences.

Retail Theft / Shoplifting (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3929)

Retail theft is the common offense of stealing merchandise from a store. If a customer intentionally seeks to deprive a company of compensation or goods, such as committing a return fraud, that can also be considered retail theft.

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3929)

Using a vehicle without permission, such as taking it on a "joyride" is considered theft, even if it was just for a small amount of time.

Most theft charges are misdemeanors, but if the value of the property in question is more than $2,000 or a firearm was used, the offense becomes a felony. For any theft charge, however, the allegation can have a big impact on your criminal background and future opportunities.

Any theft charge can have serious implications on your opportunities in the future, including for jobs and for loans, like a small business loan. Don't take them lightly. Hire a West Chester defense lawyer.


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Chester County Property Crimes

Criminal Trespass (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3502)

Criminal trespass means that an individual entered a building or area where that person was not supposed to be. This charge often accompanies other charges, such as burglary or vandalism.

Burglary (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3502)

Burglary includes entering a residence or building with the intent of committing a crime. This can include stealing, but this charge can cover other offenses as well.

Arson (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3301)

Arson covers offenses involving fire or explosives used in improper ways. The charges can range in severity, but can include a first degree felony if a person was endangered by a fire started by the accused.

Criminal Mischief / Vandalism (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3304)

Criminal mischief covers nay offense involving a person destroying the property or another person or public property. This can include graffiti, defacement of property, or other damage.


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Finding the Best Defense for West Chester Property Crime Charges

Theft offenses can range from misdemeanors to felonies, but all of them leave a mark on the offender's permanent record. To protect your future, you need the help of an experienced lawyer. The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices can proactively look for a weakness in the prosecution's case against you and plan out your defense. Those in the area of Philadelphia, Downingtown, Coatesville or Exton can call (610) 719-3200 today to schedule a free consultation with our skilled legal team.

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