If you’re one of the many of people hit with retail theft charges in Chicago around the holidays, you may benefit from talking to a criminal defense lawyer who can help. Why Do You Need a Retail Theft Defense Lawyer for These Charges? Retail theft charges are serious, whether they’re misdemeanor-level or felony-level. (The severity of the charges depends on…

During the holidays—especially on Black Friday—Chicago police and those in the surrounding communities (such as Rolling Meadows and Skokie) make dozens of arrests for shoplifting. But what are shoplifting charges, and what are the penalties if you’re caught doing it? What is Shoplifting? Shoplifting isn’t actually a legal term in Illinois. However, it refers to the…

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…

Many people are charged with retail theft in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs during the holiday season, and in most cases, the people accused of stealing things don’t know where to turn for help. Do you? What to Do if You’re Charged with Retail Theft in Chicago Maybe it was an accident, or maybe you hoped you…

What to Do When Your Child is Charged with Retail Theft When you get the phone call, your mind starts racing. Your child has been charged with retail theft – and you aren’t quite sure what to do next. Whether your child is a minor or an adult, the first thing you should do is get in…

Retail Theft is a serious offense. Illinois law imposes severe penalties on those convicted of theft from retailers. The typical case of retail theft involves a situation in which an individual 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 laws in Illinois regarding retail theft have been significantly overhauled in the past several years.  Most importantly, the penalties for retail theft have been dramatically increased. The offense of retail theft is found under 720 ILCS 5/16-25.  The statute states that a person is guilty of retail theft when he or she knowingly takes…

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…

Black Friday sales brought Christmas shoppers out in droves this past weekend to take advantage of great deals.  Retailers were prepared for shoppers and had their loss prevention departments on high alert.  Many retailers caught people red handed and pressed charges against them. Although most of these cases are misdemeanors, the offense of Retail Theft…

With black Friday around the corner, retailers around Chicago are preparing for a busy holiday season.  Many malls such as Woodfield mall in Schaumburg and Old Orchard mall in Skokie increase their security in order to prevent retail theft. The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury, a criminal defense firm, represents clients charged with theft, retail…