We Take Illinois Theft Charges Seriously
Theft under Illinois law is a broad statute encompassing many theft-related crimes. Whether your charge includes stealing from government property or shoplifting from a grocery store, you may face serious consequences and lifelong impacts.
At Consumer Law Group, our theft defense attorneys defend clients in the Chicago area against theft-related charges. We understand how a conviction can impact you for years to come. Using our knowledge and experience, we utilize numerous resources to build a solid case in your defense.
What Is The Definition Of Theft In Illinois?
In Illinois, theft is when an individual knowingly takes someone else’s property without their consent and with the intention to permanently deprive them of their property. However, how serious the charges are depends on the incident’s circumstances and the value of the stolen property.
Is Theft A Misdemeanor Or A Felony?
Thefts in Illinois are misdemeanors or felonies depending on the value of the property stolen and the circumstances surrounding the theft. For example, a theft involving property amounting to less than $1,000 is typically a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the offense is committed in a school or place of worship or on government property, or it is a second offense, the charge increases to a Class 4 felony.
What Are The Penalties For Theft In Illinois?
The penalties for theft crimes in Illinois largely depend on the circumstances of each case and the value of the stolen property. Penalties range from a Class A misdemeanor with up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500, to a Class X felony when the incident involves property worth more than $1 million. A Class X felony is punishable by a 30-year prison sentence and a hefty fine.
While a minor theft conviction may seem insignificant in the long run, having anything on your criminal record can cause a severe headache when obtaining employment, education and buying or renting a home.
Contact An Experienced Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you face a theft-related charge, don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible. Our team of experienced defense attorneys will review your case and explain your options. For your convenience, we offer virtual consultations in both English and Spanish. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation by calling 312-766-7777 or completing our online contact form.