In many cases I handle, people make bad decisions and steal things. Occasionally, there is a misunderstanding and false charges are brought against innocent and good people. The chances of getting a retail theft or shoplifting charge, under 720 ilcs 5/16A-3, reduced to a less serious offense or dismissed depends greatly on the experience of the Chicago Retail Theft Attorney representing you.
Retail Theft and shoplifting offenses range from misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2500 fine, to felony charges including embezzlement and identity theft, which are punishable by up to years in prison.
Having a conviction on your record can impact your chances to find employment in the future, as well as, other consequences that will appear on your background checks.
Sometimes, charges can be resolved through civil compromises, alternatives to convictions, or negotiate with the prosecution to dismiss the charges or mitigate the charges to lesser offenses.
If you or a loved on has been arrested for theft, retail theft, shoplifting, fraud or organized retail crime it is important to protect yourself and your future. Purav Bhatt is a criminal defense attorneypracticing in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. His office is located in Lincolnwood near many Chicago, Skokie and Rolling Meadows courthouses.
Please contact Mr. Bhatt at 773-791-9682 if you would like to discuss your theft, retail theft, shoplifting, fraud or organized retail crime matter.
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