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The crime of retail theft involves stealing goods or property from a retail establishment. Retail theft can also involve switching price tags, transferring one product into the packaging of another of a lower cost, or even removing unpaid items in a shopping cart from the store's premises.

Any person who has been charged with retail theft should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson, we have years of experience defending clients throughout Illinois who have been charged with theft crimes. To schedule a free consultation with a Chicago retail theft lawyer, contact us.

Penalties for Retail Theft

The penalties for retail theft vary depending on the value of the property stolen. If the stolen property values no more than $150, it may be considered a Class A misdemeanor. The crime may be considered a felony if the value of the product exceeds $150. If you have had a prior theft conviction, your second offense may automatically be considered a felony crime.

The penalties for retail theft in Illinois are severe. A misdemeanor theft conviction can result in up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500.00. A felony theft conviction can result in a one to three year prison sentence. In addition to these criminal penalties, having a conviction for theft on your record may affect other areas of your life. Your employment opportunities may be severely limited. You may lose your professional license. You may even be unable to rent an apartment.

If you have been approached or contacted by store security or the police, do not give any statement until you have talked to a criminal defense lawyer. Even if you believe you are "cooperating" with store security, you may end up giving out information that could hurt your case.

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Do not wait to contact a Schaumburg retail theft lawyer from our firm for the defense of theft charges. We can explain your legal options and help you seek the best possible resolution of your case. Schedule your free initial consultation today.

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