If the value of the merchandise is under $300.00, and the person has not previously been convicted of theft then the retail theft charge will be a Class A misdemeanor. The maximum penalties for the charge of retail theft, is up to 364 days in the county jail; up to 24 months court supervision, conditional discharge or probation; and/or fines up to $2,500.00. A conviction for theft related offense may not only affect employment, it may be used to impeach your credibility if you are called to testify in later court proceedings.
If you have a prior conviction for theft, regardless of the amount of the merchandise, you can be charged with a Class 4 Felony. What may have been a misdemeanor amount (under $300), can be enhanced by introducing the prior theft. The range of penalties for a Class 4 felony, is between one to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections; up to 30 months probation or conditional discharge; and/or fines up to $25,000.00.
The State of Illinois treats all retail theft offenses as very serious matters. At Lawler Brown we understand that our legal representation must tailor to your specific life situation. You should feel confident in knowing you hired the right Defense Attorney to best represent your specific needs. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case. But rest assured, I will fight to ensure the best possible resolution in your case. Contact our office today for a FREE consultation.
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