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Mistaken Delivery? Returning It for Money Is a Crime in Illinois

The holidays are upon us, meaning that the mail is overloaded with packages of all kinds. During this hectic time of year, it’s not unusual to receive packages that aren’t addressed to you.

In some cases, it’s not even possible to return the package to its intended recipient. So in this case, what do you do with this unwanted item?

If the item happens to be worth some money, you might be tempted to return it to a local retailer [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

Can IL Property Crimes Become Violent Crimes? What’s the Difference?

Property crimes are some of the most common criminal offenses in Chicago. Property crime convictions are also ones that carry serious criminal consequences.

That said, facing conviction of a violent crime – one which involves the use of force or threat of force against another – can result in a punishment longer lasting and far more severe. This is generally because these crimes are considered to present a threat to public safety.

Sometimes, the two overlap.

An offender may intend [...]

Theft, Shoplifting, and the Two Felony Thresholds in Illinois

Petty theft and shoplifting are some of the most common criminal offenses. Because of this, you might think that the penalties would be minor.

However, a theft or shoplifting charge is actually quite serious – especially in Illinois.

Theft and shoplifting are penalized based on the value of goods allegedly stolen. Both offenses can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, with felony-level offenses having much more severe consequences. A felony-level offense is almost always punishable by jail [...]

What Acts Count as Shoplifting in Illinois?

If you are accused of shoplifting in Illinois, you need to know what actually constitutes a charge in order to know how to fight back effectively.

 

Below, we’re going to explain the acts that count as shoplifting in our state, as well as what options you have to battle your charges.

 

Illinois Retail Theft: Acts that Count as Shoplifting

 

In Illinois, you can face criminal charges for taking, possessing, carrying, or transferring any retail merchandise with an [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

Protesting

Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

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