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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

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 [...]

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Feds Have Eyes on Chicago Cocaine Trade

Cocaine | Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Drugs are a consistent problem in many large cities all over the nation, and recently, the federal government has taken a greater interest in Chicago. Although Chicago cartel affiliates primarily deal in heroin and fentanyl, feds currently have an eye out for an uptick in cocaine trafficking.

Why? Because cocaine production has increased dramatically in South American in recent years, according to the DEA.

In the past year, this agency has spent significant amounts of time and resources working to [...]

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

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

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 [...]

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