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Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

You’ve Been Accused of Shoplifting in IL — How Do You Respond?

Being accused of a crime like shoplifting in Illinois can be jarring. But once you’re over the initial shock, what do you do? Do you run from the store? Do you comply and answer all of their questions? Do you demand the store to call the police so you can clear your name?

Each person may respond differently to a shoplifting accusation, both in good and bad ways. But it’s important for every person to understand what their rights are [...]

IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

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 [...]

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What To Do If You’re Arrested on Illinois Drug Charges

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession

Being arrested isn’t something on most people’s to-do list, which is why a majority of folks find themselves without any idea of what to do in the event they are arrested – especially for something as serious as drug crimes.

Illinois may have made marijuana legal, but rest assured there are still plenty of ways to find yourself being read your rights in relation to drugs in the state.

Here’s what you need to know about current Illinois drug laws [...]

Special Prostitution Court in Cook County: How Do You Get Access?

Prostitution & Solicitation

Prostitution laws in Illinois have long treated prostitutes as criminals, but the reality is that many of the people who are working as prostitutes may not be there by choice. Instead, they may be trafficked, have issues with addiction, or have mental health issues that have placed them in a situation where prostitution may be their only viable option.

Due to this reality, Cook County has decided to take a new look at how the legal system treats prostitution. While [...]

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