Retail Theft

Joliet, Illinois Retail Theft Lawyer

In Illinois, being convicted of a crime can have serious, long-term repercussions. The same is true for theft, or shoplifting, convictions. In fact, theft can have serious consequences – even if the item that was allegedly stolen is not worth much. If convicted of a theft in Illinois, you will have a permanent criminal record that will be accessible to future employers, landlords, and even the general public. If you’ve been accused of retail theft, or shoplifting, you need the assistance of an experienced Joliet theft defense lawyer who can ensure that you are treated fairly under Illinois law.

Fighting Theft or Shoplifting Charges in Illinois

Under Illinois retail theft laws, you can be charged with retail theft if you knowingly took possession of a stolen item—even if you did not steal it yourself. If this has happened to you, contact a top Will County theft defense lawyer who can fight to get your theft charges dismissed, win your theft charge at trial, or vigorously negotiate a fair plea agreement with the prosecutor. An experienced Joliet theft defense attorney is intricately familiar with how the prosecution handles theft cases, and knows how to craft a defense to your theft charge that could allow you to avoid having a permanent criminal record.

Illinois Misdemeanor and Felony Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting, or retail theft, charges can be either a misdemeanor or felony in Illinois. What type of theft you are charged with depends on numerous factors including the nature of the alleged incident, the value of the item or items in question, and your prior criminal record (or lack thereof). For example, a first-time theft charge with item(s) valued at less than $150 is a Class A misdemeanor. However, if you have a prior theft charge and are convicted of stealing something valued under $150, you may be charged with Class 4 felony theft.

Will County Shoplifting Defense Attorney

If you’ve been accused of theft or shoplifting in the Will County area, contact a law firm with experiencing in shoplifting defense, such as The Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C. Top Joliet theft defense attorney Eric J. Blatti aggressively advocates for his clients who have been accused of retail theft. Click here or call (815) 744-2500 to arrange a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a Joliet, Illinois theft lawyer.

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