Chicago Theft Defense Lawyer
Theft charges apply to a wide range of conduct. In simplest terms, a theft
charge alleges that the defendant unlawfully took property that belongs
to another. Theft is generally a felony if the value is over $500, or
when there are aggravating factors, such as in a
robbery. Large-scale theft offenses usually result in
fraud charges and involve other
cybercrimes. Common Illinois theft charges include identity theft and retail theft.
Illinois' theft statute is listed under 720 ILCS 5/16-1.
Identity theft is the unlawful use of another's identity to obtain
goods or services, or the sale of another's identifying information
with knowledge that the information is stolen. In Illinois, identity theft is a
felony that is punishable by 1-30 years in prison, depending on the extent of
the theft. Illinois' identity theft statute is listed under 720 ILCS 5/16G-15.
Retail Theft Charges
In Illinois, retail theft – also known as shoplifting – is
a felony if the retail value of the merchandise is over $300. Although
theft of merchandise under $300 is normally a
misdemeanor, it may become a felony, depending on the allegations and the defendant's
criminal record. Illinois' retail theft statute is listed under 720
Alternatives to Incarceration
A sentence of incarceration may be avoided depending on the value of the
property taken. Possible alternatives to incarceration include a sentence
of probation, paying restitution and fines, completing significant amounts
of community service, and receiving treatment for underlying issues where
Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed theft defense lawyer in Chicago. Call
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