Although shoplifting may not seem to be the most serious of crimes, a conviction can have a significant effect on the life of the defendant. Anyone convicted of shoplifting in Illinois may face large fines, jail time, and other penalties. If the offense is considered a felony (usually determined by the amount of merchandise stolen), the penalties may increase substantially.
Glasgow & Olsson defends clients throughout Chicagoland who have been charged with shoplifting, retail theft, and other theft crimes. To schedule a free consultation where you can learn about your defense options, contact a Schaumburg shoplifting lawyer.
Shoplifting Charges in Illinois
An individual may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the stolen merchandise is $300 or less. An individual may be charged with a Class 3 felony if the value of the stolen merchandise is more than $300 but no more than $10,000. More serious charges apply if the merchandise is valued at $10,000 or more.
Whether you have been charged with shoplifting involving a $5 item or a $5,000 item, it is important that you understand the potential consequences of a conviction and your specific defense options. Our law firm is skilled at handling retail theft defense cases involving all types and values of merchandise. Our Schaumburg shoplifting lawyers also defend clients charged with similar theft crimes:
- Changing price tags
- Swapping price tags
- Under-ringing an item (in which case a cashier may be charged)
- Transferring merchandise from one package to another
- Concealing merchandise upon exit
- Writing a bad check
- False returns
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Contact a Hoffman Estates Petty Theft Defense Attorney
To learn about your specific defense options from an experienced Schaumburg shoplifting lawyer, contact our law firm online or call (847) 577-8700.
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