Illinois Shoplifting Lawyers
Shoplifting may seem like a minor offense, but it can have serious consequences. If you have been charged with shoplifting or retail theft, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can advise you of your rights.
At Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C., we represent juvenile and adult clients who have been accused of shoplifting. We are former prosecutors who understand how shoplifting and retail theft cases are handled. Our lawyers are zealous in their pursuit of an end to your case, whether it includes negotiating a plea agreement or taking the case to trial.
Call 888-334-0119 today for a free consultation about a retail theft case.
Many actions may be considered shoplifting, department store theft or general theft, including concealing merchandise on your person while still in the store (with the intent to shoplift), altering price tags, removing an item from its original packaging and entering a lower price than listed on a register. We can assist you in understanding how these issues are handled and charged.
Penalties and Classifications of Shoplifting and Theft Charges
Most shoplifting and retail theft charges are Class A misdemeanors. This means that the value of stolen property is $300 or less, and it was not stolen directly from another person. If you are convicted on this charge, you are facing a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
Other shoplifting charges may be considered a Class 3 felony. This means that the value of the stolen property was more than $300 but not more than $10,000. These charges carry a possible sentence of up to five years in a state penitentiary and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
Property stolen that is over $10,000 in value may be classified as more serious felonies and as a result, are subject to even more severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences.
Contact a Peoria Retail Theft Lawyer
Call 888-334-0119 for a free initial consultation with an attorney at Miller & Pugh Law Offices, P.C. today.