Central Illinois Theft Defense Attorneys
Put 100 Years of Combined Legal Experience to Work for You
Because they are so commonplace, many people believe that theft crimes are not serious. It is important to understand that regardless of whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony, a conviction for theft charges can have lifelong consequences. In addition to fines and a potential prison sentence, your arrest and conviction will be recorded in your criminal record. This will show up on all background checks, impacting your opportunities for employment, housing, and more.
When you hire an aggressive theft crime defense lawyer from Johnson Law Group in Central Illinois, you will have access to legal insight from a team with over 100 years of combined experience. Our team works tirelessly to protect our clients' rights. We have a long history of successful case outcomes where charges were reduced or dismissed entirely.
Illinois Theft Laws
In Illinois, theft is defined as knowingly taking unauthorized control over another person’s property. This can be done through direct threat or intimidation, or by knowingly obtaining stolen property from another party.
Theft crimes are usually classified as a misdemeanor or felony based on the value of the stolen property. However, the manner in which the theft was committed can also influence this decision.
Theft classifications in Illinois include:
- Class A Misdemeanor – Theft of property valued at $500 or less, provided that the property was not directly taken from the victim through violence.
- Class 4 Felony – Theft of property valued at $500 or less and was taken from a school, government facility, or place of worship. May also apply to property valued less than $500 if the defendant has a previous theft-related conviction.
- Class 3 Felony – Theft of property valued between $500 and $10,000. Can also apply if the property was directly taken from the victim through violence or if retail property valued $300 or more was stolen.
- Class 2 Felony – Theft of property valued between $500 and 10,000 was taken from a school, government facility, or place of worship. Can also apply to property valued less than $500 if it was taken directly from the person.
The laws governing theft in Illinois become more complex when the stolen property is valued at more than $10,000. No matter what the value of the alleged stolen property, you need to contact an aggressive attorney as soon as possible.
Reach out to our Central Illinois theft crime attorneys today at (309) 565-8825 for a free consultation.
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