Kane County Theft Defense Attorneys
Lawyers for Shoplifting and Other Theft Crimes in Elgin, Geneva, and Throughout Northern Illinois
A conviction for theft or shoplifting may not seem detrimental to a person's overall criminal record, but it can be damaging to your reputation and even your future if the charge is severe enough. At the law firm of Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we have over 40 years of experience navigating the Illinois criminal law system. We can walk you through your charges and advise you on the next steps to take. Whether you have been charged with retail theft or a more serious offense, we will help you find the best way to resolve your case in a favorable manner.
Theft Charges in Illinois
A criminal arrest or conviction for theft can be damaging to your future; however, not all theft crimes carry the same penalty under Illinois law. The type of theft you are charged with depends on the value of the item stolen and the circumstances surrounding the incident. In general, the higher the value of the property the more severe the penalty. Additionally, if the crime occurred at a school, church, or property that is owned by the government or a non-profit, the charges are more severe. The severity of the penalty also depends on your criminal history. If you were previously charged with theft or a related crime of robbery or burglary, the penalties for a second conviction are more severe.
Shoplifting is a type of theft that occurs when a person steals from a retail store or other business. Retail theft can be considered a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item, the criminal history of the accused, and if an emergency exit was used in the theft.
If you are caught for shoplifting, you can be charged with both civil and criminal penalties. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you will have a criminal record and could face up to one year in jail. Civil penalties for shoplifting include paying back the full price of the item, fines of $100 to $1000, attorneys' fees, and court costs.
Contact a Kane County Criminal Defense Attorney
Each theft or shoplifting case is different. If you have been formally charged with a theft crime, it is important to speak to a qualified attorney right away. Contact MKFM Law by calling 630-665-7300. Our law firm serves clients throughout the Kane County area including St. Charles, Elgin, Geneva, Aurora, Batavia, Elburn, and Barrington Hills.