Felony Retail Theft Attorney in Aurora
Put Our Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers on Your Side
Felony retail theft is a very serious crime and often comes with equally serious penalties. Felony retail theft, in contrast to general retail theft, is the unlawful taking of for-sale merchandise with a total value of over $300.00 with the intention of permanently depriving the lawful owner of that property. Because it threatens their business so greatly, retailers have lobbyists working to keep Illinois laws tough on felony retail theft. A conviction, therefore, can greatly jeopardize your freedom and your future. If you’re facing felony retail theft charges, you need an experienced Aurora theft crimes attorney who can help you understand your options and fight for your legal rights. At The Law Offices of David Lee, our team of skilled lawyers is prepared to assist you with theft crime charges, including those for felony retail theft. We take the time to understand the unique details of your case in order to craft a strong defense on your behalf.
Have you been charged with felony retail theft? Don’t delay—contact The Law Offices of David Lee today at (630) 901-8700 to speak to a lawyer about your case.
What are the Penalties for Felony Retail Theft in Illinois?
Much like general retail theft, there are numerous ways in which an individual can commit felony retail theft. If a person takes merchandise without paying the full retail value, changes the price tag of an item, removes the item from one container and places it in another, uses a theft detection shield device, or falsely represents themselves as the owner of the property and attempts to return the property, they can be charged with retail theft. Additionally, if an employee undercharges for merchandise, or an individual fails to return rented property after receiving written notice, they may be charged. If the total value of the property exceeds $300.00, they may be facing felony retail theft charges.
The penalties for felony retail theft vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged theft, the value of the stolen property, how the property was allegedly stolen, and other factors.
While the penalties vary, they can include any one or combination of the following:
- Class three or class four felony charges
- Incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections
- Fines and costs up to $25,000.00
- Probation/conditional discharge
- Mandatory alcohol and/or drug counseling
- Community service work
Additionally, a conviction of felony retail theft in Aurora and throughout Illinois can negatively affect your ability to secure future employment, housing, student loans, and more.
How Our Firm Can Defend You
There are a number of defenses that your Aurora criminal defense attorney can present on your behalf. Prosecutors must present sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed felony retail theft. Our team has extensive experience in litigation and can work to have your charges reduced or dropped due to lack of evidence. Often, diversion programs exist that allow individuals to perform community service work and pay all associated costs/fees in order to have their charges dismissed. At The Law Offices of David Lee, we help you evaluate your available options as we work to secure your future and your freedom.
Contact our firm to find out how we can help you with felony retail theft charges; call (630) 901-8700 today.