Retail theft, also known as shoplifting, is a crime committed by people from all walks of life. Whether you or your loved one are being charged for retail theft as the result of a genuine mistake or careless lapse of judgment, you can expect serious criminal repercussions, including a criminal record, fines, and possible terms of imprisonment.
As a theft crime, retail theft can be considered crimes of moral turpitude, which can be viewed harshly by employers, landlords and others who conduct background checks. If your goals revolve around preserving your reputation and protecting your future, you need to work with the experienced Champaign criminal defense team at Patel Law, PC.
Charges and penalties will depend on a number of factors and circumstances, including how the theft was allegedly committed, where it took place, the prior criminal record of the defendant and the value of the merchandise. According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720.16.10, retail theft can be prosecuted under the following charges:
- Class A misdemeanor - retail value of merchandise $300 or less, first offense
- Class 4 Felony - retail value $300 or less, multiple offense
- Class 3 Felony - retail value more than $300
There are a number of situations that can impact the charges you may face. While all retail theft allegations should be taken seriously, multiple offenses pose much harsher penalties that require immediate attention from qualified legal professionals.
Aggressive Representation for Shoplifting Offenses
Defending against any type of retail theft allegation is an art that requires versatility and legal flexibility. As there are numerous intricacies that can affect the way in which defendant's will be charged, prosecuted and penalized, litigation plans must be personally tailored to the unique situation at hand. At Patel Law, PC our legal team thoroughly evaluates retail theft cases on a personal basis and works closely with clients to have their charges dropped or reduced and the penalties eliminated or minimized as much as possible.
We strongly encourage anyone who has been accused of shoplifting to schedule a free case evaluation as soon as possible so that your defense can be crafted immediately. Whether you are located in Champaign, Urbana, Vermilion County, or Macon County, our firm is here to fight on your behalf. Contact Patel Law, PC for the aggressive representation you need.