Know the Consequences If Charged with Theft

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_566889343.jpgIn the event you, a friend, or family member is detained for suspicion of theft, it is important to understand the variables that might impact how law enforcement and prosecution might consider proceeding. Having a basic understanding of theft laws in this state might be of an advantage.

Misdemeanors and Felonies

In general, grand theft is a more serious charge than petty theft—usually applicable when a person is alleged to have stolen money or property of a higher value.  In most states, grand theft is a felony and petty theft is a misdemeanor. In Illinois, a defendant can face an array of charges depending on the value of what is taken and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Classifications include:

  • Theft of money or possessions worth less than $500 is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction could result in a year of jail, a fine of up to $2,500 for each charge, and restitution. However, probation is usually ordered.
  • Money or property worth as much as $500 taken from a school or house of worship is a Class 4 Felony. Convictions may result in one to three years of prison, a fine, and restitution.
  • When the value of what is taken is between $500 and $10,00 the charge is a Class 3 felony, which is punishable of between 2 and 5 years of prison. A fine and restitution may also be ordered.
  • The same amount when taken from a school or place of worship is a Class 2 felony and may come with fines, restitution, and a jail term of 3 to 5 years, if convicted.
  • Theft of possessions or money valued between $10,000 and $100,000 from a school or house of worship is a Class 1 felony. A conviction may include between 4 and 15 years of prison, fines, and restitution.

While this information is presented merely as a summary, it should not take the place of retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. Theft is a serious charge and must be addressed with the help of a knowledgeable legal professional.

An Experienced Arlington Heights Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help You

Regardless of the circumstances, a charge of theft is not something you or someone you know should address alone. The many variations of the crime and the possible charges might confuse an inexperienced person. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, is a respected and highly experienced Arlington Heights theft crimes lawyer with great knowledge of criminal law and a reputation for delivering an aggressive defense strategy for every client. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 847-253-4700 today.