Grading or Severity of Pennsylvania Retail Theft Charge

The severity or grading of a Retail Theft charge in Pennsylvania ranges from a relatively low level summary offense all the way to third-degree felonies.  The grading of a Retail Theft charge is based upon the value of the merchandise taken AND whether or not the person has prior Retail Theft offenses on a criminal record.

Under 18 Pa.C.S. 3929, a Retail Theft charge is a:

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.