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Category: Shoplifting / Retail Theft

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 [...]

Tech Designed to Stop Chicagoans from Stealing

Companies are using new high-tech methods to stop people from stealing. In this post, we’ll tell you about these methods and describe what penalties you can face for getting caught.

 

High Tech Theft Deterrent Methods

 

In 2015 alone, retailers took over $45 billion in losses due to shoplifting. Now, stores are working harder than ever to prevent those losses with new methods.

 

Here are several cutting-edge technologies that companies are using to prevent people from stealing.

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What Illinois Shoplifting Charges Look Like for Multiple Thefts

 

Walmart is one of the most popular places for shoplifting, and recently a man was accused of shoplifting at least 30 different times from Walmart stores in Illinois and Indiana.

 

The suspect has allegedly been shoplifting televisions and computers over the last 18 months at multiple Walmart stores. Three of the 30 instances supposedly happened at the Walmart Supercenter in Naperville, where the Naperville Crime Stoppers are now offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the man’s [...]

How to Handle It If You are Falsely Accused of Shoplifting in Illinois

Being falsely accused of a crime like shoplifting can be confusing and unsettling, and you may not know what to do. How do you fight back against the word of a store manager or security personnel? What kind of evidence can help your case? What are your rights?

 

Unfortunately, this isn’t just some imaginary “what if” scenario. False shoplifting accusations occur all the time.

 

Case-in-point? Last year, a 12-year-old girl and her 13-year-old friend were falsely accused of [...]

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What Are The Signs Of Sex Trafficking in IL?

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a crime taken very seriously in Illinois. Being accused of it can have a big impact on your life – and being convicted of it can shift the trajectory of your path forever.

For many people, sex trafficking is something that is only seen on television and in movies, but the truth is that it happens in plain sight every single day. If you know what to look for, you may be able to understand when sex [...]

IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

Drug Crimes

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life, [...]

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