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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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Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

The Line Between Domestic Assault and Domestic Battery in IL

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery

In Illinois, when you take certain violent actions against members of your family or household, they’re classified as domestic violence crimes.

While a conviction won’t necessarily equate to a whole lot of time behind bars or payment of a whole lot in fines, you will jeopardize your home and family life as well as put a ding on your criminal record against you.

Not to mention, crimes committed against family members or household members tend to have consequences that impact [...]

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