Retail Theft and Shoplifting

DuPage, Cook And Kane County Shoplifting Attorney - 630-474-4889

Shoplifting has been defined as "taking away merchandise without paying the full retail value or tampering with price tags or switching merchandise from one container to another with the intent of depriving the merchant of the full retail value." While shoplifting might seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole of theft crimes, this offense should still be taken seriously.

Reach out to us immediately for a free case evaluation if you have been charged with retail theft in DuPage County, Kane County or Cook County!

Illinois Penalties for Shoplifting or Retail Theft

If you are convicted of shoplifting in Illinois, you could potentially face the following penalties:

  • If the value of what you shoplifted was $300 or less: A fine up to $2500, up to one year of imprisonment and a Class A misdemeanor and a conviction on your record
  • If the value of what you shoplifted has a total combined value of more than $300: A fine up to $25,000, between two to five years in prison and a Class 3 Felony and a felony conviction on your record

You can face enhanced penalties if you have a criminal record or if an aggravating factor was present in the commission of the crime, such as the use of an emergency exit.

Retain the services of Martin & Kent, L.L.C. today!

If you have been charged with retail theft, it is imperative that you retain legal representation immediately. With an Illinois shoplifting attorney behind you, your rights will be protected and the most compelling defense possible can be crafted on your behalf.

When you are looking for an Illinois shoplifting lawyer, you can be confident that Martin & Kent, L.L.C. is the right choice to represent you. We have a combined total of 42 years of criminal law experience and have handled over 10,000 criminal cases. We were also a 2014 Avvo Client's Choice for criminal defense and our legal team includes two former felony prosecutors.

For more information about our firm and how we can help you, do not hesitate to contact our DuPage County criminal defense lawyers and request your free consultation with our legal team today!