PETTY THEFT IN ILLINOIS

DEDICATED CHICAGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Certain theft crimes that are non-violent, involve lower value items, and meet other requirements are classified as petty thefts. Those accused can sometimes think that these offenses are "no big deal," but the truth is that even petty theft charges can result in jail time and other penalties. If a conviction is reached and the accused has a history of theft, these crimes can even be considered a felony.

If you have been charged with a petty theft, you do not necessarily have to accept a guilty plea. At Abdallah Law, our award-winning legal team is well-versed in defending against property crime allegations. Misdemeanor or not, we bring practiced, aggressive, and dynamic insight to these cases and always ensure that our clients are given every consideration from the court before a decision is rendered.

The best possible outcome can be within reach. Contact our firm to speak with a proven Chicago criminal defense attorney today.

PETTY THEFT DEFINITIONS & PENALTIES

720 ILCS 5/16-1 describes theft crimes in Illinois. According to the statute, petty theft is the "theft of property not from the person and not exceeding $500." This is considered a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class A misdemeanor in Illinois can result in: 

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Up to two years of probation
  • Restitution for the theft

Theft of items valued under $500 can be considered a felony under several conditions: if the items were government property, if the theft took place in a school or a place of worship, or if the accused has a prior history of theft crimes. Contact our firm to learn more about what penalties you might be facing for your petty theft charge.

RETAIL THEFT OF "SHOPLIFTING"

720 ILCS 5/16-25 defines retail theft in Illinois, or, as it is more commonly known, shoplifting. Shoplifting that involves property valued at $300 is also considered a Class A misdemeanor. The charge, however, becomes quickly more serious if the value of the stolen items goes up or other factors are present (the use of emergency exits, a history or theft crimes, ect.).

Shoplifting can be charged when the accused:

  • Exits the store without paying
  • Tampers or alters tags or labeling
  • Switches item containers

No matter what the circumstances of your theft crime are, our firm has the experience and resources to counter the state's case against you. Ensure your voice is heard during this uncertain time and contact our team to learn about your legal options today.

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