Retail Theft and Shoplifting Lawyers in DuPage County
Illinois Retail Theft Attorneys Advocating for Your Rights
When you are facing charges of retail theft, it is critical that you contact a qualified attorney as quickly as possible. While shoplifting, price-switching and other forms of retail theft may seem to be relatively minor offenses, they can quickly become serious depending on the value of the merchandise involved. At the Davi Law Group, we understand the potential severity of retail theft charges and we are equipped to help you with your case.
Hardworking Legal Advocates for Retail Theft Cases in Wheaton
Illinois law defines retail theft as the taking or obtaining of merchandise from a retail establishment in a manner that deprives “the merchant of the full retail value of such merchandise.” Acts of any kind with this intention constitute retail theft and are subject to criminal prosecution.
The most common form of retail theft is shoplifting. Although the word “shoplifting” does not explicitly appear in the law, taking an item without paying for it is, as you might expect, prohibited by law. Switching price tags or bar codes, attempting to fool security systems, keeping property after the expiration of a lease, or fraudulent merchandise returns are also considered types of retail theft. Our attorneys are well-versed in the areas of Illinois law pertaining to retail theft and will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected.
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In most cases, retail theft of merchandise valued at $300 or less is prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor, subject to imprisonment of up to one year and fines of up to $2,500. Subsequent offenses or a defendant’s criminal history may elevate the charges to a Class 4 felony. When retail theft involves merchandise valued at more than $300, a defendant may be charged with a Class 3 felony, which carries up to five years in prison, and fines of up to $25,000 or more.
At the Davi Law Group, we realize that there is more to your case than the value of merchandise. That is why we are prepared to review every possible detail, including available surveillance video, security device data, available witness testimony, and the circumstances of your arrest. We will not permit a rush to judgment; instead, we will continue to work on your behalf and to protect your future. When necessary, we will work with prosecutors to limit the damage to your life, exploring the possibility of diversionary programs or court supervision in lieu of full prosecution.
If you or a family member has been charged with retail theft, you deserve an attorney who will work hard to uphold your trust. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with the Davi Law Group. Should you retain us as your counsel, financing options are available. We are committed to serving the best interests of clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Call 630-580-6373.