Retail Theft, or Shoplifting, is a serious offense. Illinois law imposes harsh penalties on those caught stealing from a retail store. The typical case of retail theft involves a situation in which the defendant knowingly took an item or items from a store without paying. This is referred to as shoplifting.
The penalty for retail theft depends on the dollar amount of the goods that were taken. If the value of the items was under $300, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor. The possible sentence for a misdemeanor retail theft includes up to one year in jail and fines.
If the total value of the merchandise was greater than $300, then the offense can be charged as a felony. This type of felony includes a sentence of 2 to 5 years in prison and fines. This type of felony conviction cannot be expunged or sealed.
A individual arrested for this offense should expect to receive notices in the mail demanding payment for civil penalties. The law stipulates that the store can collect up to $1,000 in addition to the value of the goods taken.
All too often defendants believe that if they pay the penalty, the case will be dropped. However, this is not the case. If you have been charged with a retail theft in Illinois, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury for a free case review. Former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury has a proven track record in representing clients charged with retail theft throughout Cook County. Call us today at (847) 920-4540.