The law exists to protect everyone. However, there are situations when people find themselves on the wrong side of the law. The best approach when this happens is to have a professional criminal lawyer. Law Offices of Purav Bhatt have provided criminal attorney services for years and understand everything about this section of the law. The law firm is now providing Theft attorney services in Chicago and Illinois at large.
According to the website, “In many cases I handle, people make bad decisions and steal things. Occasionally, there is a misunderstanding and false charges are brought against innocent and good people. The chances of getting a retail theft or shoplifting charge reduced to a less serious offense or dismissed depends greatly on the experience of the Chicago Retail Theft Attorney representing you. In Illinois, theft is prosecuted under 720 ILCS 5/16-1. A person commits the offense of theft when he or she knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over the property of the owner or obtains control over the property through deception or threat. Additionally, you can be charged with theft if you possess stolen property and know the property was stolen. A theft crime is a criminal act of taking another individual’s personal property without the individual’s consent. In Illinois, theft crimes are classified as felonies or misdemeanor offenses. A misdemeanor is charged when one takes another person’s property (valued at below $500) without the person’s consent. Misdemeanor theft is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2500 fine. A felony is charged when a person takes another person’s property (valued at $500 or greater) without the person’s consent. Felony theft crimes can result in the offender being sentenced with over a year of prison time if convicted.”
The site further states that,“Another factor in determining the possible penalties for theft is where the theft takes place. Illinois law is designed to protect certain places from theft by increasing the penalties for offenders who commit theft in certain locations. Theft of property not exceeding $500 is still a Class 4 felony if the theft was committed in a school or place of worship or if the theft was of government property. A Class 4 felony is punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Additionally, a person who has been convicted of theft of property not from the person and not exceeding $500 in value and who has been previously convicted of any type of theft, robbery, armed robbery, burglary, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, home invasion, forgery or possession of a stolen motor vehicle will be charged as a Class 4 felony. If the theft of property has a value of between $500 and $10,000, it will be charge as a Class 3 felony. Class 3 felonies are punishable by 2-5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. This offense will be increased to a Class 2 felony if the value is between $500-$10,000 and the offense took place in a school or place of worship. Class 2 felonies are punishable by 3-7 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Theft offenses between $10,000 and $100,000 are Class 2 felonies as well and increased to Class 1 felonies if the theft occurs at a school or place of worship. Class 1 felonies are punishable by 4-15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Thefts valued between $100,000 and $500,000 are also considered Class 1 felonies unless the theft took place in a school or place of worship. In those circumstances, the defendant will be charged with a class X offense punishable by 6-30 years in prison. Additionally, certain theft offenses are non-probationable. This means that the defendant must serve a prison sentence and is not eligible for probation, house arrest or any deferred sentence. For instance, if the theft of property is exceeding $500,000 and not exceeding $1,000,000 in value, the offense is considered a Class 1 felony and is non-probationable.”
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