Property Crimes

Monday, May 1, 2017

Property Crimes in Chicago: What You Need to Know

Destroying or vandalizing someone’s property is a crime—and it’s one that can land you in serious hot water with the Chicago court system. If you’ve been accused of a property crime in Chicago or the suburbs, it’s a good idea to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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Monday, November 30, 2015

What to Do if You're Charged With Robbery in Chicago

Robbery is considered a very serious crime in the state of Illinois, and if you’re accused of committing it, it’s probably a good idea to talk to a Chicago criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Robbery Charges

Prosecutors have to prove that you took property from another person by using force or by threatening to use force.

In addition to standard robbery charges, there are three other types: armed robbery, aggravated robbery and robbery of a motor vehicle.

What is Armed Robbery in Illinois?

Armed robbery, which differs from other robbery charges in the state of Illinois, often carries a harsher punishment. The state can charge you with armed robbery if, during the commission of a robbery, you:

  • Carried any type of weapon (a gun, a knife or any other type of weapon)
  • Discharged a firearm during the commission of the robbery
  • Discharged a firearm and caused someone else to suffer great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement or death

What is Aggravated Robbery in Illinois?

Aggravated robbery refers to a robbery in which you take someone’s property by force or under threat of force and:

  • You verbally indicate that you’re armed with a firearm or another weapon
  • You drug the victim against his or her consent

What is Robbery of a Motor Vehicle in Illinois?

If you take a motor vehicle (a car, motorcycle or other motorized vehicle) from someone else by using force or threatening to use force, the state can charge you with vehicular hijacking. (It’s what’s commonly called carjacking.)

The state can charge you with aggravated vehicular hijacking if you:

  • Stole the vehicle from someone over the age of 60 or someone who is disabled
  • Stole the vehicle when there was a passenger under the age of 16 in the car
  • Carried or discharged a firearm, with or without hurting someone else
  • Carried any type of weapon

Possible Defenses to Robbery Charges in Illinois

Because every case is different, it’s best to talk to your Chicago criminal defense lawyer about possible defenses to your robbery charges. He or she will develop a strategy to help get the best possible outcome in your case. Possible defenses to robbery charges in Illinois may include lack of:

  • Intent
  • Knowledge
  • Bodily injury
  • Force
  • Threat of force

Your attorney may also argue that intoxication was a factor, or that you didn’t actually take property from another person.




Monday, November 16, 2015

What Are Property Crimes in Illinois?

Property crimes are very serious offenses – and if a court finds you guilty of committing a property crime, you’ll face serious consequences that can include incarceration, probation and hefty fines and fees.

But what are property crimes, and how serious are they in Chicago and the rest of Illinois?

What Are Property Crimes in Illinois?

The term property crime refers to a crime that involves the theft or destruction of someone else’s property. This term is used as a sort of “catch-all,” and it covers both misdemeanors and felonies.

Some examples of property crimes in Illinois include:

  • Arson
  • Burglary, shoplifting and theft
  • Defacing or destroying property
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Vandalism
  • Some kinds of fraud and identity theft

What Determines Whether a Property Crime is a Misdemeanor or Felony?

As with any other type of crime, there are several factors that determine whether a property crime is considered a misdemeanor or a felony. The value of the property involved, whether the crime involved violence and whether anyone was hurt can all affected whether a property crime is considered a misdemeanor or a felony.

Possible Penalties for Property Crimes

The penalties for property crimes vary greatly in the state of Illinois. Depending on the severity of the offense, as well as the specific charge, being convicted can result in probation, prison time, and expensive fines. In some cases, people who are found guilty of property crimes must also pay to replace or repair property that was damaged during the commission of the crime.

What to Do if You’re Accused of Any Property Crime in Illinois

You have the right to have an attorney present when the police are questioning you, and in most cases, it’s a good idea to exercise that right. Your criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome and preserve your rights throughout the entire process.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Criminal Damage to Property - Blog

Criminal damage to property can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the specific elements of your case.  As such, it is vital to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  As a former prosecutor, attorney Matt Fakhoury will analyze the state’s case against you to ensure an aggressive, thorough, and well-crafted defense. 

The specific charges and penalties for criminal damage to property vary greatly.  For instance, if the state contends that you damaged the property of a school, government, or place of worship, the offense will be charged as a felony.  Charges of this nature often carry more severe penalties.

Attorney Matt Fakhoury represents those charged with criminal damage to property throughout Cook County.  Furthermore, Mr. Fakhoury’s experience as a prosecutor provides vast insight into the Cook County criminal court system and Illinois criminal law procedures.  

If you have been charged with criminal damage to property, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today.  Time is of the essence in ensuring the best possible defense. We offer free consultations and flexible scheduling with offices in Skokie and Schaumburg: (847) 920-4540

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