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Category: Theft

Fighting an Illinois Theft Charge

Theft crime is a group of crimes encompassing everything from shoplifting to burglary to embezzlement. All of the criminal acts under this term are centered on taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

 

Under Illinois criminal statutes, theft occurs when an individual

    takes unauthorized control over property of another obtains control over property of another by threat or deception obtains stolen property – either knowing the property is stolen, or under circumstances that should lead to a reasonable belief
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9 Common Shoplifting Techniques Authorities Watch For

From neighborhood convenience stores to chain supermarkets to high-end retailers downtown, Chicago businesses of all kinds are being hit hard by shoplifting.

 

Retail theft crimes can affect these businesses in a big way, hurting profits, shrinking product inventory, and increasing production costs.

 

In response to rising rates of shoplifting in our city, retailers and law enforcement officials alike are taking serious measures to combat retail theft crimes. Law officers, loss prevention personnel, and store employees alike are trained [...]

When You are Charged with Theft in Your Workplace

 

The Chicago Public School system has recently come under scrutiny after a joint investigation revealed a string of employee thefts.

 

The investigation found that a Chicago Public School operations employee and four accomplices may have stolen over $870,000 from two public high schools during the years 2009 through 2014. According to reports, the five men conducted multiple fraudulent purchasing and reimbursement schemes for goods and services that were often never delivered.

 

All of the men face charges [...]

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, [...]

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Marijuana May Be a Gateway Drug in IL, But Not the Way You Think

Drug Crimes

Illinois legalized marijuana for adult personal use in 2019, but for many advocates, it simply doesn’t go far enough. Many are hopeful that in this case, marijuana could be the gateway drug law needed to decriminalize harsh drug penalties throughout the state.

Why do they want less harsh drug laws in the state? Because minority communities are suffering the brunt of overly harsh and ineffective drug laws and punishments.

Here’s what you need to know about the current drug possession [...]

IL Domestic Battery or a Case of Mutual Combat? Know the Difference

Mutual Combat | Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery

In Illinois, domestic battery is a serious violation. If you’re convicted of it, then it’s a conviction that can follow you around for the rest of your life and have an impact on the future no matter how much time passes.

Understanding domestic battery and how it is charged in Illinois is vital to keep it from impacting the rest of your life. Here’s what you need to know about domestic battery, how it differs from mutual combat and the [...]

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