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DuPage County shoplifting defense attorneyBoth retailers and law enforcement take theft very seriously in Illinois. It may seem like a victimless crime, but retail theft hurts the store, and in turn, the economy. If you are caught trying to steal an item from a store, simply paying for the item will not get you off scot-free. Many stores are now pursuing prosecution for shoplifters, and you can be charged with a misdemeanor, or even a felony, depending on the situation.

What Is Retail Theft?

The Illinois Criminal Code of 2012 provides detailed information about criminal laws in Illinois. According to the code, general retail theft occurs when a person takes possession of any merchandise that is displayed or for sale in a retail establishment without paying for the merchandise and with the intention of depriving the retail establishment of the use or benefit of that merchandise. General retail theft is considered to be a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the merchandise is less than $300. In Illinois, Class A misdemeanors carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Other Ways of Committing Retail Theft

The crime of “retail theft” includes more than just taking an item off a shelf. If you are caught committing any of the following offenses, you can be charged with retail theft:

  • Price Switching: If you alter, transfer, or remove the price tag or label of an item, with the intention of depriving the merchant of the full value of the item, you commit retail theft. 
  • Removing a Shopping Cart: Shopping carts are the property of the store in which they are in. If you remove a shopping cart from the premises without the permission of the merchant, you can be charged with retail theft.
  • False Returns: Trying to return an item that you do not actually own in order to obtain cash or gift cards is considered a crime and will lead to retail theft charges.
  • Possessing a Theft Detection Shielding Device: You can also be charged with retail theft if you use or possess a device meant to shield a product from tripping alarms or sensors when it is taken from a store. Possession of the device is a crime in and of itself because it abets someone in committing theft.

A DuPage County Retail Theft Defense Attorney Can Help

If you have been charged with any form of retail theft, it is imperative that you get help from an experienced and knowledgeable Wheaton, IL retail theft defense lawyer. Often, retail theft will be charged as a misdemeanor crime, but in certain cases, it can lead to felony charges. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we have extensive experience helping those who have been accused of shoplifting in Illinois. Contact our office today by calling 630-580-6373 to set up a free consultation.

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DuPage County juvenile defense attorneyThe first juvenile court in the United States was created more than 100 years ago with the idea that minors had the ability to reform their behavior as they matured. However, even with a complete juvenile justice system in place, minors are still being tried and sentenced as adults at an alarming rate. It has been proven that juveniles do not have the same capacity to make good decisions or control their impulses as adults. They are also more susceptible to peer pressure. All of these areas in which minors lack maturity have been proven to contribute to the likelihood of a juvenile committing a crime. In the state of Illinois, any person who is under the age of 18 is considered a minor, though many juveniles can and are still transferred to the adult court system. When a transfer is requested, there are a number of factors that the judge will consider, including:

The Age of the Minor

One of the first factors a judge will look at when deciding if a juvenile should be tried as an adult is the age of the minor. In Illinois, any minor who is under the age of 16 is referred to juvenile court first. Age is a big factor in determining whether or not a juvenile is transferred to adult court, because it can also be a good indicator of whether or not the child will benefit from juvenile court.

The Minor’s History

Next, the judge will consider the minor’s history and background. There are a number of things that could influence a juvenile’s decision to commit a crime. The judge will examine the child’s previous criminal history, any past delinquent behavior, the child’s history with abuse or neglect, and the child’s physical and mental health history.

The Nature of the Offense

The judge will also look at the specific situation in which the alleged crime occurred. Specifically, they will look for evidence that suggests that the crime was done in a premeditated or aggressive manner, whether the minor possessed a deadly weapon during the offense, and whether or not anyone was harmed because of the crime.

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DuPage County traffic violations attorneyThere is more than one way to lose your driving privileges in Illinois; in fact, there are dozens of ways you could have your driver's license taken away for either a specific or indefinite period of time. Even actions unrelated to driving, such as not paying child support or failing to obey a court summons, can affect your ability to drive freely. Perhaps one of the most common ways for Illinoisians to lose their driving privileges is to accumulate too many points on their driving record because of traffic violations.

The Illinois Points System

Most states have a driver’s license points system that applies to everyone who holds a driver’s license, and Illinois is no exception. In Illinois, each time you are convicted of a moving violation, a certain number of points is added to your driving record. The number of points added depends on the specific violation you were convicted of. Typically, more serious violations will result in a higher number of points added to your record, while lesser violations are not worth as many points. Common moving violations and their corresponding points are as follows:

  • Speeding: 5-50 points, depending on how fast you were going over the limit

  • Passing a school bus illegally: 25 points

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DuPage County probation violation defense attorneyFor many crimes, probation is a sentencing option that is given primarily to first-time offenders or offenders who do not have a history of violent crimes and whose crime did not involve violence. In Illinois, probation is used as an alternative to prison time, which promotes the offender’s rehabilitation and also attempts to reduce the rate of recidivism. The terms of probation vary, because many of the terms are decided on a case-by-case basis in order to provide a more individualized and tailored sentence. If you violate the terms of your probation, you could face unwanted consequences, and in some cases, you may even end up going to jail.

Probation Violation Notice

Everyone who has been sentenced to probation will be assigned a probation officer who helps guide them through the rehabilitation process. Once your probation officer learns that you may have violated your probation, he or she will then submit a petition for violation of probation to the clerk of the circuit court. The clerk will then send you a notice of this petition in the mail, along with a request that you attend the hearing for your violation. If you choose not to attend this hearing, there will be a warrant issued for your arrest.

Probation Violation Hearings

When it comes to probation violations, you are given the benefit of the doubt, since the burden of proof lies with the state. In other words, you do not have to prove that you did not commit the violation -- the state must provide a preponderance of evidence that supports the claim that you violated the terms of your probation. Once this evidence (or lack thereof) has been established, it is up to the judge to determine the outcome.

Possible Consequences for Probation Violations

Not all probation violation hearings will result in disciplinary action. If the judge determines that there is not sufficient evidence, you will not be found guilty of a violation. If you are found guilty, the judge then has to determine what your punishment will be. The judge can choose to:

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DuPage County marijuana possession lawyerIllinois became the 11th state to legalize the recreational sale and use of marijuana and marijuana products Friday. This was a historic moment in United States history, as Illinois passed the bill that permits both usage and sales of recreational cannabis entirely through legislation, rather than a voter referendum. The new law significantly alters how the state will handle cannabis. It will now treat it and tax it similarly to the way the state handles alcohol. Though recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois, there are still rules that you must follow, otherwise, you face penalties.

When and Where Can I Buy Recreational Marijuana?

Beginning in January 2020, recreational marijuana will be available for purchase by any citizen over the age of 21 at any of the 20 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. By mid-2020, additional licenses will be given to other recreational stores, processors and cultivators, though local governments have the power to decide whether recreational marijuana businesses operate in their area.

How Much Can I Buy/Possess?

Citizens are permitted to possess up to 30 grams of dry marijuana flower, which equates to around one ounce, or as much as can fit into an adult’s cupped hands. Citizens are also permitted to possess up to five grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 500 milligrams of THC in cannabis-infused products, such as tinctures or edibles. Visitors to Illinois are permitted to possess half of those amounts.

Where Can I Consume Marijuana?

You are permitted to consume cannabis in private residences or in some cannabis-related businesses. You are not permitted to consume cannabis if you are in a public place, including streets or parks, in a motor vehicle, on school grounds (unless you are a medical marijuana user) or around anyone who is under the age of 21.

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