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Everything You Need to Know about Illinois Identity Theft Charges

Identity theft is an unfortunate reality of modern-day society. It seems these days everyone has either been affected by this crime or knows someone who has at this point, and Illinoisans are no exception.

A Glendale Heights woman was recently accused of stealing the identities of more than two dozen victims to open fraudulent bank accounts, which she allegedly used to finance vacations and school tuition for her children.

She faces 52 counts of aggravated identity theft and 12 counts [...]

Charged With Auto Theft in Illinois? Here’s What You Should Do

When charged with auto theft in Illinois, you may find yourself facing felony-level penalties — up to 15 years imprisonment and fines capping at $100,000.

Unless you’re okay with more than a decade behind bars and fines that amount to financial ruin, it’s imperative you take any auto theft charge you face very seriously.

Your first step is to educate yourself about the laws surrounding auto theft in Illinois, and potential defenses against these charges. Then, find an attorney who [...]

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 Is the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Theft Offenses?

As time passes, it can become more and more difficult to provide clear, definitive evidence that a crime did or didn’t happen. Because of this, Illinois has created a statute of limitations for most criminal offenses – including theft. After a preset amount of time, you are no longer legally able to be charged with a crime.

 

Today, we’re going to share some general rules of thumb for the Illinois statutes of limitations in theft-related crimes, detail several specific [...]

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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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

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 [...]

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