The 3 Most Common Property Crimes in Illinois – and What to Do if You’re Charged With One

Property crimes are fairly common in Illinois, and the charges can result in misdemeanor or felony convictions, depending on the circumstances of your case.

The 3 Most Common Property Crimes in Illinois – and What to Do if You’re Charged With One

If you’re like most people, you know that property crimes are among the most common types of crimes committed in the state of Illinois. Within the realm of property crimes, these are some of the most commonly committed:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Motor vehicle theft

The consequences of a conviction can be extremely severe for each of these crimes. Often, with crimes like these, the penalties depend on the value of the item taken. However, in the case of burglary, the building you enter matters; in the case of motor vehicle theft, whether or not you perpetrated an alleged carjacking also plays a role.

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What to Do if You’re Charged With Burglary, Theft, or Motor Vehicle Theft

If you are charged with burglary, theft, or motor vehicle theft in the state of Illinois, your best bet may be talking to a criminal defense attorney who understands the situation and how the laws apply to you. Your attorney will ask you several questions, depending on your case, that may include:

  • What happened before your arrest?
  • How did the police catch you?
  • What happened during your arrest?
  • Did you answer any questions that the police asked you?
  • Have you told anyone about the circumstances related to this charge?
  • Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a crime similar to this in the past?

Your answers to these questions will help your attorney build a defense strategy that gets you the best possible outcome. Although there’s never any way to predict how a judge will rule, your lawyer may try a number of strategies to help ensure your rights are protected.

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