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Joliet, IL Retail Theft Lawyers

Joliet, IL Retail Theft Lawyers

Shoplifting Defense Attorneys in Will County

Retail theft, or shoplifting, may seem like a minor crime, but it carries with it very serious consequences. In Illinois, a retail theft charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the goods stolen. If you are charged in a retail theft incident, it's important to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling these types of cases. At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we know how to effectively defend clients against retail theft charges.

Penalties for Retail Theft Conviction

When it comes to retail theft charges in Illinois, the magic number is $300. If you are accused of shoplifting an object or objects worth less than $300, you will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The penalty for a conviction on this charge is up to one year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. If the value of the stolen object is over $300, you will likely be charged with a Class 4 felony. The penalty for a conviction on this charge is between 1-3 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.

If you have a prior retail theft or other property crime conviction such as robbery, burglary, or home invasion, the charge will automatically be elevated to a felony regardless of the value of the stolen goods.

Types of Retail Theft

Retail theft is essentially any action that deprives a merchant of the full retail value of any merchandise. The law defining retail theft in Illinois covers a number of scenarios including:

  • Shoplifting
  • Altering price tags
  • Under-ringing (an employee applying an unauthorized discount)
  • Fraudulent returns
  • Failing to return rented property
  • Using a shielding device to thwart security

Our firm is experienced in handling all types of retail theft cases. We understand the mechanics of these charges and know how to effectively advocate for the best possible outcome for our clients.

If you or a loved one is charged in a retail theft incident, contact us right away for information about free consultations. Don't discuss your case with anyone without legal representation. We work with clients in Plainfield, Joliet and throughout Will County, Grundy County, Kendall County, and beyond.

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