Theft Charges Defense in Chicago and Cook County

Theft Charges Defense and Shoplifting Defense Attorney

David M. Smith, Attorney at Law, is a highly qualified and experienced theft charges defense and shoplifting defense attorney in Chicago, Naperville, Joliet, Aurora, and Cook County in the State of Illinois. If you or a loved one are in need of theft charges defense or shoplifting defense, you have come to the right person.

In the State of Illinois, the crime of theft occurs when someone takes property or services without authorization, and with the requisite intent to commit the crime. Under more specific terms, this includes acquiring items that the person knows to be stolen.

The consequences that are handed out as a result of theft are relative in intensity to the value of the stolen property or services and the circumstances under which the item or service was stolen.

Class A Misdemeanor thefts are known as petty thefts. This is when property or service of a value of$500 or less has been stolen. It is commonly met with a less than one year prison sentence, fine of $2,500, and restitution payment for any losses that might have been associated with the theft.

Felony theft is considered a Class 4 felony when the property is stolen from a school or place of worship. Also, petty thefts can be considered class 4 felonies if the accused has a previous record of theft. The consequences of a class 4 felony theft conviction are prison time of 1-3 years, no more than $25,000 fine, and payment of restitution for losses surrounding the circumstances of the theft.

Class 3 felony theft is charged when the stolen property exceeds $500 but does not exceed $10,000. If the property is less than $500, but it was stolen directly from someone else, as in pick-pocketing, or it is a retail theft that exceeds $300 in value, it is considered a class 3 felony. The punishments include 2-5 years of incarceration, fine of up to $25,000, and payment of restitution.

Class 2 felony theft charges are similar to class 3, but apply when property value taken from an individualexceeds $500. This also applies to an object stolen from a school or place of worship valued between $500 - $10,000, or if the property belongs to the government. Same punishments as mentioned before apply, only with prison terms of 3-7 years.

From here, the charges continue growing more and more severe, with the threat of incarceration being the most detrimental factor to your livelihood. Waste no time in contacting theft charges defense and shoplifting defense attorney David M. Smith, who has the knowledge and skill required to help you defend yourself from these charges and prevent you from facing such severe punishments.