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Tables Turned When Veteran Chicago Cop Is Charged with Theft

The scenario is fairly standard: The police apprehend a suspect, the suspect is charged with theft, and the suspect then hires an attorney before appearing in a Chicago court. However, in a recent case, the script seemed to have been rewritten and a veteran of the Chicago police force was put on leave after being arrested for misdemeanor theft. The charge arose after the woman was accused of stealing just over $200 in vitamins from a local grocery store.

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Touch Screen Tablets and Gym Shoes Allegedly Shoplifted

A 28-year-old was recently charged with retail theft after two touch screen tablets and gym shoes were found in his car. According to police, all of the merchandise was returned to the stores from which they were allegedly stolen. If you have been arrested for retail theft in Chicago, a criminal defense attorney should be contacted immediately so that you can have the optimal opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.

 

Although shoplifting is normally a [...]

Cop Allegedly Nabs Burglary Suspect – In Cop’s Home

According to police reports, a Chicago area law enforcement officer allegedly caught a burglary suspect in the act—in the officer’s own condo. The accused is scheduled to appear in court soon for a preliminary hearing, but it was not known if he had yet retained a lawyer to aid in his defense.

 

Although most Chicago burglary cases are not so cut-and-dried in terms of locating the alleged perpetrator, all of them will result in prison time upon conviction. If [...]

Organized Theft a Huge Problem in Chicago

According to statistics, Chicago is among the 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of organized theft reports. These reports include gang thefts from retail outlets, as well as thefts that occur in order to help street gangs. As retailers and police increase their efforts to deal with this type of organized stealing, anyone charged with such an offense will want to consult with a Chicago theft lawyer as soon as possible.

 

The Chicago Police Department, as well as [...]

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

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

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 [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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