Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Shoplifting in Skokie: What You Need to Know

If you’ve been accused of shoplifting in Skokie, Chicago or Rolling Meadows—or any of the surrounding communities, for that matter—it’s probably in your best interest to talk to a retail theft lawyer as soon as you can.

What is Shoplifting in Skokie?

Under Illinois law, shoplifting is the crime of taking something that isn’t yours from a commercial or retail establishment. It’s typically called retail theft, and it occurs when:

  • You obtain or exert unauthorized control over property that isn’t yours
  • You deceive the property’s owner in order to take control of the property
  • You threaten the property’s owner in order to take control of the property
  • You possess stolen property when you know it’s stolen or you should reasonably believe that it’s been stolen

You can also be charged with a related crime, such as the unlawful use or possession of a theft-detection shielding device, or the unlawful possession of a theft-detection device remover.

If the state convicts you of shoplifting, you’re facing serious consequences. It’s considered a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the property.

Misdemeanor Shoplifting in Skokie

You’ll be charged with misdemeanor shoplifting in Skokie if the value of the property you took is lower than $300. This type of shoplifting is considered a Class A misdemeanor.

Felony Shoplifting in Skokie

You’ll be charged with felony shoplifting in Skokie if the value of the property you took is higher than $300. This type of shoplifting is considered a Class 4 felony.

Do You Need to Talk to a Shoplifting Lawyer in Skokie?

If you’ve been accused of shoplifting in Skokie, call us immediately at 847-920-4540 for a free case evaluation.

The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin building an effective defense that gets you the best possible outcome in your case.



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