Retail Theft – Dupage County, Illinois
We have represented thousands of clients over the past 18 years with outstanding success. When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients are represented by highly skilled criminal defense trial attorneys with one goal in mind: To Win!
What is Retail Theft?
In Illinois, (720 ILCS 5/16-25), retail theft is generally the taking of merchandise from a retail establishment without intending to pay for the merchandise. You can also be charged with retail theft in Illinois if you change, alter, or remove a price tag, or label, or take similar actions that are intended to the deprive the retail establishment from the retail value of the merchandise or property. See 720 ILCS 5/16-25(a)(1)-(8).
What is the Sentence for Retail Theft?
Retail theft in Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor if the retail value of the merchandise is less than $300.00. A Class A misdemeanor can carry up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $2,500.00. As an alternative to jail, depending on your criminal history and the facts of the case, you can be placed on Court Supervision, which, when completed, results in the case not being placed on your criminal record. Further, the sentence of Conditional Discharge is also an alternative to jail depending on your criminal background.
If the retail value is over $300.00, or if you have previously been convicted of a theft related charge, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony. See 720 ILCS 5/16-25(f). A Class 4 felony can carry between 1 to 3 years in jail with a maximum fine of $25,000.00. However, Probation is possible as an alternative to jail depending on your criminal background.
Can you expunge or seal Retail Theft?
In Illinois, avoiding a conviction for Retail Theft is of great importance because you can expunge or seal the arrest and case record if the case results in a dismissal. Also, if you are placed on Court supervision, the arrest and can be expunged or sealed two years after completing the supervision depending on your criminal history.
The consequences of a retail theft can be serious. Most employers do not hire people with criminal convictions. Colleges may deny admission or expel a student who gets convicted of a crime. Landlords are allowed to not rent to people with criminal convictions. Further, a conviction can also affect custody and visitation rights and your ability to be allowed in the family home. In Illinois, you cannot afford to lose your Retail Theft case.
Why TRUST Legal Defenders as your attorneys?
When your or your loved one’s freedom and reputation is at stake, trust our successful team of criminal defense attorneys to fight the State and its hired prosecutors to win your case.
We have a proven track record of winning criminal cases with thousands of satisfied clients over the last 18 years. When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients are represented by highly skilled criminal defense trial attorneys with one goal in mind: To Win!
Felony and misdemeanor cases in DuPage County are held in the DuPage County main Courthouse in Wheaton Illinois.
Traffic cases are held at branch Field Courts located in Addison, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, and Wheaton, Illinois.
For more information on the DuPage County Court system, see the Court’s website at: http://www.dupageco.org/CourtClerk/3298/