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Category: Theft

Risking Freedom for a Piece of Meat: Why Do People Shoplift?

1 in 11 Americans (approximately 27 million Americans) – no matter how poor or wealthy they are – takes goods from the store shelves and “forgets” to pay for them. Shoplifting is a national epidemic that’s costing the economy more than $100 million each day, with most criminals getting away: shoplifters say they are caught only once in every 48 times they steal. Meat, razors, baby formula, electronics, cosmetics, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, and clothes are on the list of the [...]

Employee Theft: Do You Have Sticky Fingers?

Statistically, there’s a good chance that you didn’t buy the pen in your purse or jacket pocket, but took it from work. People take things from work all the time, either intentionally or not. Most don’t really think about such pilfering as theft, rationalizing that it’s one of the “benefits” that come with the job, but there is no ‘de minimis’ requirement for theft – if it’s company property, then it’s not yours to take, be it a pen, money, [...]

Can Your Brain Make You Steal?

What would you think if you heard someone who had stolen a car say, “It’s not my fault—my brain made me do it.” While it might sound absurd when phrased that way, that essential argument is one that is being used in more and more criminal defense cases across the country.

 

We’ve all heard of the insanity plea before—a defendant claims that they are not culpable for the crime they committed because they were legally insane at the time [...]

Christmas: ‘Tis the Season for Stealing

For most Americans, Christmas presents are found in Santa Claus’s generous bag or, at least, in the wallets of their friends and family. Some people, however, decide to take matters into their own hands and simply steal the goods they want to find under the tree on Christmas Eve.

One in every eleven people who walk through the doors of a store is likely to walk out with at least one item they didn’t pay for. Most offenders are amateurs [...]

Theft Charges Filed When Man Allegedly Tried to Use Stolen Credit Card

A Chicago man was recently arrested for theft when he attempted to use an allegedly stolen credit card to purchase items. Though it was not known if the man had yet retained the services of an accomplished Chicago theft lawyer, it behooves anyone who does face a charge of theft to contact a defense attorney as quickly as possible following their arrest. Because a theft charge can result in severe penalties, a Chicago theft lawyer is the best way to [...]

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FAQs about Probation in Illinois That You Need to Know

Probation Violations

Probation is preferable to imprisonment, but if you’re sentenced to probation, you’re still very much under the justice system’s thumb.

This means that it’s very important to understand the basics of probation, and the terms of your specific probation program to avoid a probation violation.

We’ve put together a short FAQ list covering the basics of Illinois probation, common terms you’re likely to face, and what to do if you’re accused of a probation violation.

Are Illinois Probation and Parole [...]

‘Tis the Season for IL Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Identity Theft

Cyber Crimes | Identity Theft

The Christmas season is nearly upon us again. It’s that time of year to prepare for presents, family dinners, and…you guessed it — identity theft.

As the sheer volume of online holiday purchases continues to soar, it only makes sense that the holiday season doesn’t just mean an increase in retail theft anymore, but in identity theft as well.

In turn, Illinois law enforcement is on high alert for acts of identity theft from now through the end of the [...]

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