Arrested for a Chicago Theft Crime?
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According to Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/16-1), a theft crime occurs when a person knowingly and willingly takes another person’s property by use of threat, force, or deception without their permission. Each case can vary greatly, and the penalties that you could potentially face if convicted will depend on the amount of goods stolen, the type of goods stolen, and how the goods were obtained. Regardless of these details, however, theft crimes are treated by prosecutors as incredibly serious and carry heavy penalties. If you have been arrested, you need to contact our Chicago criminal defense attorney at The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC as soon as possible and retain trusted representation.
In the state of Illinois, any property that is taken from a store at a value of $300 or less is considered a retail theft, or shoplifting, and is charged as a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine. If you have a prior conviction for theft, however, you may be charged with a felony even if the value stolen was less than $300. Stealing items valued over $300 is considered a misdemeanor petty theft crime, and items taken that are significantly expensive or rare can lead to a grand theft charge. If force, threat, or a weapon were used in the course of committing the theft, especially if injury or death occurred as a result, you could be held on additional criminal charges and your misdemeanor theft charge could be escalated to a felony crime.
Retain legal representation if you face any of the following charges:
- Car theft
- Weapons theft
Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney for Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
At The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC, Founding Attorney Haytham Faraj has extensive knowledge and experience in providing outstanding representation to clients in the Chicago area. With the guidance of our firm, you may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped, or you may be acquitted.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your legal situation and the best possible route to help you obtain a favorable outcome, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Haytham Faraj, PLLC right away and schedule a free case evaluation today.