Retail Theft-Cook County, Illinois


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What is Retail Theft?

Retail Theft is generally the taking of merchandise from a store without intending to pay for the merchandise.  You can also be charged with retail theft if you change, alter, or remove a price tag, or label, or take similar actions that are intended to deprive the store from the retail value of the merchandise or property.

What is the Sentence for Retail Theft?

If the retail value of the merchandise is less than $300, Retail Theft is a Class A misdemeanor.  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 considered a conviction.  Conditional Discharge is also an alternative sentence, depending on your criminal background.  Conditional Discharge is considered a conviction.

If the retail value of the merchandise 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.  A Class 4 felony can carry between 1 to 3 years in jail with a maximum fine of $25,000.00.  Probation is possible for a Class 4 felony.

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Can You Expunge or Seal a Retail Theft?

Avoiding a conviction for Retail Theft is very important 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 record and court record 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.  Many employers will not hire people with criminal convictions, especially for cases involving stealing.  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.  You cannot afford to lose your Retail Theft case.

Why TRUST Legal Defenders as Your Attorneys For Your Cook County Retail Theft Case?

When your freedom, reputation and future 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 and grateful clients over the last 20 years.  When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients can be assured that they are represented by highly skilled criminal defense trial attorneys with one goal in mind:  To Win!

If you have a Retail Theft case in Cook County, give us a call.  We can help.

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Are you facing Retail Theft charges in Cook County?

Call a Chicago criminal lawyer at 312-229-5500 for legal help with your Retail Theft charges.


*Felony cases in Cook County are held at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse located at 2600 S. California Avenue, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
*Preliminary Hearings and Misdemeanor cases are held at all the Branch Courthouses and also at Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, 51st and Wentworth, 111th Street and Harrison and Kedzie.
*Central Bond Court is located at The George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2600 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608.
*Domestic Battery and Domestic Violence cases are held at 555 W. Harrison, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
*Juvenile cases are held at 1100 S. Hamilton, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
*Traffic Court is at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
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The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with Retail Theft.  Our experienced and seasoned attorneys will give you the best chance of winning your case.

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Why You Need Us For Your Retail Theft Case?

The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at the Legal Defenders, PC will examine all aspects of your case and will use their experience to win your case or get your case dismissed.  We always put our clients first.  We will keep you informed of the progress of your case and look for every angle to win your case.  We understand that your future is at stake and will approach the handling of your case like it was our own case.

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