Grading of Pennsylvania Retail Theft Charge

The severity or grading of a Retail Theft charge in Pennsylvania runs the gamut, from a relatively minor summary offense all the way to third degree felonies.  The grading of a Retail Theft charge is primarily based upon the value of the merchandise taken and whether or not the person has prior Retail Theft offenses on a criminal record.

A Retail Theft charge is:

 

 

 

 

What is a “Prior Offense” or Retail Theft?

When determining whether or not a person has a “prior offense” of Retail Theft, the term includes convictions, acceptance of ARD or similar pretrial diversionary programs.  Also, Retail Theft offenses from other states and jurisdictions can also be considered by the prosecutor.