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Burglary & Theft Defense

Protect Your Rights, Burglary & Theft Defense in Butler, Pa

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At Zunder and Associates, our team of dedicated Criminal Defense Lawyers is committed to securing the best possible outcome for individuals facing misdemeanor or felony charges related to burglary, theft, retail theft, receiving stolen property, or fraud. We recognize the seriousness of these charges and leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice.

Our unwavering dedication ensures that the facts are carefully examined and your right to a fair trial is safeguarded throughout the legal process. We delve deep into each case, striving to uncover the full story and ensuring that all circumstances surrounding the event are thoroughly explored. Our mission is to provide you with a strong defense that stands up to scrutiny, allowing you to navigate the complexities of the legal system with confidence and the assurance that your rights and interests are fiercely protected.

What Is the Difference Between Burglary & Theft?

Many of our clients may get charged with burglary instead of theft and think that the two crimes are the same thing. However, that is not the case. While it is true that burglary and theft are both crimes related to the unlawful taking of another person's property, they differ in a key way.

Burglary involves unlawfully entering a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime inside, often theft, while theft is the unlawful taking of someone's property without the need for unlawful entry into a structure. Burglary is typically considered a more serious offense due to the invasion of personal space and the potential for additional crimes to be committed within the premises.

If you're accused of either, it's crucial to consult our law firm, Zunder and Associates, to understand the consequences of the accusation. Our criminal defense attorneys can review the charges and prepare a defense that safeguards your rights. Contact us today.

Theft By Deception in Pennsylvania

In the state of Pennsylvania, a person is deemed to commit theft when they intentionally acquire or withhold someone else's property through deceptive means. Deception in this context involves the following intentional actions:

  • Generating or reinforcing a false impression may pertain to matters such as the law, value, intentions, or mental state. However, it's important to note that merely failing to fulfill a promise cannot be automatically construed as deceptive if there is no evidence of deceit regarding the original intent to fulfill that promise.
  • Blocking another individual from obtaining information that could influence their judgment in a transaction.
  • Neglecting to rectify a false impression that the deceiver previously established or reinforced, especially when they are aware that this false impression continues to affect someone with whom they have a fiduciary or confidential relationship.

It's worth mentioning that the term "deceive" does not encompass misrepresentations related to matters lacking pecuniary (financial) significance or exaggerated claims that are unlikely to mislead ordinary individuals within the addressed group.

Example of Theft By Deception

An unfortunate common occurrence of theft by deception is when an individual claims to be raising money for charity only to keep the funds themselves. In this case, the individual would be guilty of theft even though no physical property was stolen. In the eyes of Pennsylvania, money was stolen by the individual through deceptive means, hence the term "theft by deception."

Contact Zunder & Associates for Legal Representation

If you're accused of theft or another crime, it's crucial to get a lawyer to represent you. At Zunder and Associates, we strive to ensure our clients have a fair trial while undergoing criminal proceedings. Get the legal help that you need. Contact us today for legal advice