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.
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.
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.
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