Chicago Theft Defense Attorney
As a Chicago theft lawyer and a Chicago robbery attorney, some of the theft crimes Mr. Uche handles include:
- Petty theft
- Car Theft/Grand theft auto
- Retail theft/shoplifting
Theft crimes involve taking another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive that person the use or benefit of the property. There are numerous types of theft crimes, the exact theft charge you receive depends on the circumstances surrounding your case.
The severity of the penalty for the theft crime, depends on a variety of factors. For instance, if the theft involves taking property from a person with some sort of violence or force, you are most liking facing incarceration for a felony involving robbery.
In addition, the value of the item plays a major role. In Illinois, the retail theft consequences for charges involving stolen property that is worth below $300.00, is considered a misdemeanor. Whereas, retail thefts involving stolen property valued at over $300.00 is considered a felony. In addition, a prior conviction for theft is enough to trigger a felony in some theft cases and regardless of the value of the stolen property. Thus, if you are charged with a retail theft and you have a prior conviction for theft, you will more than likely be facing a felony even if the value stolen was under $300.00.
In fact, you do not even have to directly steal property to be convicted of a theft crime. In Illinois, you could be charged with receiving stolen property if you had reason to believe that the property you now possess was stolen.
Fortunately, the law does recognize some excuses and defense to successfully beat a theft crime. For instance, you may have simply borrowed the item, or you forgot to pay for an item in a store, or you may have taken what you believed was abandoned property or you may have simply thought a similarly looking item was your own. Either way, these are legitimate reasons to successfully challenge a theft charge.
The broad scope of theft charges make them all the more complicated and complex. As a result, you need an experienced theft defense lawyer who can successfully navigate through your theft charge and present the best theft defense for your case. As a former Chicago prosecutor who prosecuted numerous types of theft crimes, Attorney Uche has the experience and skill to successfully fight your theft charge for the best outcome possible.
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