Theft happens when a person knowingly takes unauthorized control of property. There are many different classifications of theft under Illinois laws. The factors that determine the severity of the theft fall under two elements: the value of the stolen property and if the property was stolen from another person. Even if a person did not steal the property themselves, it is also considered theft if a person obtains control over knowingly stolen property.
The classifications one could be charged with include the following:
- Class A misdemeanor: When a person takes property that is not directly from a person and is worth less than $300. The charge could result in up to a year in jail and fined $2,500.
- Class 3 Felony: When property is directly stolen from a person and the value is worth more than $300 but less than $10,000. Penalties may include up to 5 years in prison and fines up to 25,000.
- Class 2 Felony: When the property stolen is greater than 100,000, but less than $100,000. Penalties could result in 7 years of prison and fined $25,000.
- Class 1 Felony: Property stolen is worth more than 100,000 but less than $500,000. Penalties may include up to 15 years in prison and fined 25,000.
RECEIVE LEGAL ADVICE FROM A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
Theft is a serious crime that leads to severe penalties that can affect your freedom and future. If you have been charged with any theft crime it is very important to speak with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. There are many variables and degrees of theft crimes, so it is important to understand your particular charges and see how you receive the lowest possible punishment.
Contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C. to consult with one of our experienced DuPage County criminal defense lawyers today.