Some criminal charges may seem so minor that you may be hesitant to bother hiring a lawyer. Shoplifting charges could fall under this category. The penalties for shoplifting-or “retail theft,” as it’s known in Illinois-can be quite minimal, but some cases could be more devastating than you would think.
Retail theft, as defined in 720 ILCS 5/16-25, is either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the total value of the property that was shoplifted. The penalties are as follows:
Theft of Property Worth $300 or less:
- Class A misdemeanor
- Fine of up to $2,500
- Imprisonment for up to 1 year
Theft or Property Worth More than $300:
- Class 3 felony
- Fine of up to $25,000
- Imprisonment for 2-5 years
Don’t allow yourself to think that a misdemeanor “isn’t a big deal.” Having any kind of criminal conviction on your record, even for a minor misdemeanor, can affect your reputation and make it difficult to find decent work. The conclusion is that, if you have been charged with shoplifting, then you need a shoplifting defense attorney on your side.
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