Theft Crimes Attorney in Aurora
Accused of a Theft-Related Crime? Trust Your Defense to The Law Offices of David Lee!
Property theft is a very serious charge in the state of Illinois. Local law enforcement officials and prosecutors will often pursue the maximum penalties for those accused of theft-related crimes. Property theft takes a variety of forms and consequences vary depending on the type of alleged theft and the severity of the offense.
Theft crimes include but are not limited to the following:
- Property theft
- Retail theft (shoplifting)
- Possession of stolen property
- Theft of labor or services
- Theft of government/state supported property
If you are facing theft-related charges, our Aurora theft crimes attorney can help. At The Law Offices of David Lee, we are dedicated to defending your rights, working tirelessly to secure an optimal outcome on your behalf.
Call our firm today at (630) 901-8700 to speak with our attorneys about your unique case.
What are the Penalties for Theft Crimes in Illinois?
The penalties for theft crimes vary greatly depending on the nature of the alleged theft. Prosecutors weigh a number of factors when determining the charges and penalties for a given theft crime.
These factors can include:
- The type of property unlawfully taken
- The total value of the stolen property
- The circumstances of the alleged theft
- The criminal history of the defendant
In any case, prosecutors often seek the maximum punishment for the accused. Penalties can range from a misdemeanor to felony charges and, if convicted, you could be facing incarceration, probation, counseling, public service work, and the presiding judge may even order you to pay restitution to the alleged victim. If you are not a United States citizen, a theft crime conviction can result in your deportation.
Defenses to Theft Crimes
An experienced Aurora criminal defense attorney will be able to help you craft a solid defense against theft crime accusations. At The Law Offices of David Lee, we have more than 16 years of combined experience and we use the skills we’ve gained through our decades of litigation to analyze the evidence presented by the prosecutor.
Evidence commonly used by the prosecution to strengthen a theft crime case can include:
- Photographs and/or videos of the alleged stolen items
- Written or verbal statements made by the victim/accused
- Police reports by the investigating officers at the scene
- Photos/videos of the location where the theft allegedly took place
- 911 recordings made at the time of the incident
- Witness statements from individuals who are not the victim
- Prior convictions, including theft-related convictions, of the accused
- Evidence of the value of the alleged stolen item(s)
Our attorneys will carefully examine all evidence brought forward by the prosecution and work towards having your charges dismissed or reduced based on lack of evidence. Some counties even offer diversion programs in which you may carry out community service and pay associated costs and fees in exchange for a dismissal of your charge. Our firm can help you understand your options and, if litigation is the only option, will aggressively represent you in a trial.
Call us today at (630) 901-8700 to discuss your options with our team of Aurora criminal defense lawyers.