Theft-Theft Charges-Cook County, Illinois


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What is Theft in Illinois?

You can be guilty of a Theft if you:

(1) Obtain or exert unauthorized control over property of the owner; or

(2) Obtain by deception control over property of the owner; or

(3) Obtain by threat control over property of the owner; or

(4) Obtain control over stolen property knowing the property to have been stolen or under such circumstances as would reasonably induce someone to believe that the property was stolen; or

(5) Obtain or exert control over property in the custody of any law enforcement agency which is explicitly represented to them by any law enforcement officer or any individual acting on behalf of a law enforcement agency as being stolen, and (A) Intends to deprive the owner permanently of the use or benefit of the property; or (B) Knowingly uses, conceals or abandons the property in such a manner as to deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit; or (C) Uses, conceals, or abandons the property knowing such use, concealment or abandonment probably will deprive the owner permanently of such use or benefit.

You can be guilty of a theft when you intentionally deprive the owner of their property or exert unlawful control of the property.

What is the Sentence for Theft?

Whether the Theft charge is a Felony or a Misdemeanor depends on the value of the stolen property.  If the value of the property is up to $500.00, the Theft is a Class A Misdemeanor  (720 ILCS 5/16-1(b)1).  If the value of the property is over $500.00 it’s a Felony.  Generally, jail is mandatory if the amount stolen is over 1 million dollars or over $100,000 if the property was stolen from a place of worship, school or government property.  However, probation or Court supervision are generally available as an alternative to jail depending on your criminal history, the facts of the case, and whether you are charged with a Felony or a Misdemeanor.

Can I Expunge or Seal a Theft Conviction?

In Illinois, Misdemeanor Theft charges can be expunged or sealed depending on your criminal background.  Felony Theft convictions are not eligible for expunging or sealing and can only be removed by a Governor’s Pardon.

Convictions can be viewed by the public, employers, credit agencies, schools, government, landlords, etc.  Most employers do not hire people with criminal convictions.  Especially a criminal record for stealing.  Colleges may deny admission or expel a student who gets convicted of a crime.  Landlords can refuse to rent to people with criminal convictions.  A conviction can also affect custody and visitation rights.

The Prosecutor often fails to see the broader consequences of a criminal conviction. Prosecutors are mostly concerned with getting a conviction and sending people to jail.

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

We have represented thousands of clients over the last  20 years with great success.

On the first Court date, we immediately file with the Court a Motion for Discovery which requires the Prosecutor to give us all of the evidence that they have against you, including police reports, statements, the accuser’s criminal background, pictures and video and audio tapes of 911 calls.  We have to make sure there are no surprises.  The Prosecutor is required to give us all the evidence they intend to use against you, even if the evidence shows that you are innocent.

Upon reviewing all of the evidence, we will then typically file a Motion to Dismiss, Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence, Motion to Suppress Statement and any other motions if required by the facts and law.  The idea is to win the case before it goes to trial.

When your freedom and reputation is at stake, trust our experienced criminal defense attorneys to fight the State and its hired prosecutors to win your case.  We understand how important it is that you clear your name and not be labeled a criminal.  We have a proven track record of winning criminal cases with thousands of grateful and satisfied clients.  When our attorneys appear in Court, our clients are represented by a highly skilled criminal defense attorney with one goal in mind:  To Win!

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

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Are you facing Retail Theft charges in Cook County?

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*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.
*For Court schedules, judge assignments and other information, see the Court’s webpage at:

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The Chicago criminal defense attorneys at Legal Defenders have extensive experience in representing individuals charged with 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 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.ith an effective and constructive sentencing option that gives you the best chance of avoiding jail and fines.

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