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What is Retail Theft?
The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders, P.C., have the experience and expertise to help you beat your case and clear your name.
We understand how serious a charge of Retail Theft can be for your future. A conviction for Retail Theft can have serious consequences for your future and will appear on your record if anyone does a background search. A case like this may follow you around for the rest of your life. If you are working, your employer may fire you if they find out about this case and most employers will not hire you if they see something like this on your record. It is important that you win your case so you can clear your good name.
It is absolutely critical that you hire an attorney that understands how serious this case is and has the experience and expertise to help you win and beat your case. We will stop at nothing to prove that the charges against you are false and that you are not guilty of the charge of Retail Theft.
Retail Theft, commonly known as "shoplifting," is defined as taking the property that belongs to a retail establishment with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of that property. The Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders have extensive experience representing individuals charged with Retail Theft throughout Cook County. When a store employee challenges you by asking you to return to the store because they think you stole something or switched price tags, they are not held to the same standard as police officers. They do not have to advise you of your rights before taking a statement from you. Many people accused of retail theft, or shoplifting, by store security think that if they cooperate with store security and write out a statement confessing to the crime, that the matter will be settled quickly without police involvement. You are not obligated to give store security any information. In most cases, the police are called regardless of whether you cooperated with store security and the police are given the evidence obtained by store security.
The Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders have seen cases where a person has been arrested for retail theft, or shoplifting, even though he or she never intended to steal. For example, the Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders have seen cases where people have been charged with shoplifting when they have put an item in their pocket or purse, fully intending to pay for it, but forgetting before leaving the store.
A prosecutor may charge someone with retail theft as either a misdemeanor or felony. In Illinois, the prosecutor may charge someone with a felony if the value of the items attempted to be stolen exceed $150. Sometimes a prosecutor will charge both a felony and a misdemeanor in case the felony cannot be proven. Whether an act is charged as a felony or misdemeanor in your case may depend on whether you have any prior conviction.
Why is Retail Theft So Serious?
Most felony retail thefts are Class 4 felonies which carry a maximum punishment of 1 to 3 years in jail. A misdemeanor conviction for retail theft carries a maximum punishment of 1 year in jail and a fine of $2,500. However, the Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders understand that a conviction for retail theft can have far-reaching ramifications, including denial of employment and denial of a professional license. Each of the attorneys with the Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders understands that a conviction for retail theft can bring about severe penalties beyond those imposed by the court that can change your life forever. If you are facing retail theft charges, it is important that you hire an aggressive and experienced attorney with the Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders to protect your reputation. Don't let this embarrassing event ruin your life. The Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders will work hard to protect your reputation and future.
Why Hire the Legal Defenders for your Chicago Retail Theft Case?
The Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders understand what the consequences of a conviction for retail theft could mean to your future.
The Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders have extensive experience representing people charged with retail theft.
Chicago Retail Theft lawyers at The Legal Defenders will represent people charged with retail theft by:
- Protecting your rights
- Depending on your case, we may set your case for trial
- With time, the retailer may decide to drop the charges or not appear in court
- We will seek a dismissal, a lesser charge, or a lower sentence
- After a period of court supervision, we may be able to have your arrest expunged from the public record