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Attorney Shay T. Allen knows Illinois theft laws in detail. He has defended clients in hundreds of theft crime cases, with results including a dismissal before ever stepping foot into a courtroom, not guilty verdicts, and reductions to lesser crimes. He will take the time to understand your particular case and guide the most effective possible response.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are Examples of
Theft Crimes?

Illinois theft laws cover a wide range of crimes, including receiving or possessing stolen property you did not steal yourself. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Shay T. Allen prosecuted thousands of theft-related cases for Cook County and is well qualified to represent individuals charged with theft crimes. He defends clients facing charges including:

    • Theft: Petty Theft and Retail Theft/Shoplifting
    • Car Theft and Grand Theft Auto
    • Burglary
    • Robbery

How can you challenge
Theft Crimes Charges?

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In many circumstances, theft charges can be challenged based on legitimate issues of intent: for example, taking property that looked abandoned, mistaking property for something you own, forgetting to pay for an item, or borrowing an item.  

Many important factors affect your case and potential penalties:

  • Violence or Force – The use of violence or force typically involves a felony robbery charge and potential jail time.
  • Value of Item(s) – Retail theft of property worth less than $300 is typically a misdemeanor.
  • Previous Offenses – Theft of property worth less than $300 may be a felony charge if you have a prior theft conviction. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Theft crime charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

What is 'retail theft'?

A person commits retail theft when he or she knowingly:
(1) Takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale in a retail mercantile establishment with the intention of retaining such merchandise or with the intention of depriving the merchant permanently of the possession, use or benefit of such merchandise without paying the full retail value of such merchandise.

Is stealing, theft or shoplifting a misdemeanor of a felony?

Theft of property not from the person and not exceeding $500 in value is a Class A misdemeanor. However, theft of property not from the person and not exceeding $500 in value is a Class 4 felony if the theft was committed in a school or place of worship or if the theft was of governmental property.