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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:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-34.jpgSometimes it starts on a dare when someone is very young. Other times, one begins shoplifting because they need some kind of thrill in their life. Whatever the reasons, shoplifting is not only illegal but results in millions of dollars in both loss to retailers and legal expenses every year.

What Exactly is Shoplifting?

Some people try to downplay shoplifting by suggesting it is a minor offense that involves taking just small items without paying for them. However, shoplifting is just another term for both “theft” and “larceny” and under certain circumstances could result in harsh penalties for repeat offenders. It should also be made clear that switching price tags or attempting to return an item taken from the shelf for store credit also fall within the definition of shoplifting.

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