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retail theft, DuPage County retail theft defense lawyer, holiday shoplifting, retail theft conviction, retail theft crimesChristmas is less than two weeks away, and most of us are now finishing up on our holiday shopping. Unfortunately, beginning around Black Friday and ending near Christmas Eve, far too many instances of retail theft occur. Being accused of shoplifting, price-switching, or other forms of retail theft can come with very serious consequences.

How Many People Shop During the Holiday Season?

Over 174 million Americans shop in-store and online from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. On Black Friday, around 77 million consumers shop for the holidays, and 55 million consumers go holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday. On average, Americans will spend around $967 for holiday gifts. Overall, holiday sales will equate to around $682 billion this holiday season.

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DuPage County retail theft defense attorney, retail theftEvery year after the holidays, without fail, retail stores complete an inventory process. With the results of these inventories matched with the sales logged into their systems, owners and managers sometimes discover staggering amounts. No, the shocking numbers are not the sales they made after the holidays—these numbers are generally calculated each night after closing.

However, what is discovered are figures which indicate how much product walked out the door without being purchased—i.e. theft. The realization leads to an increase in security measures, which leads to a rise in theft accusations. Understanding charges empowers individuals to combat their cases.

What is Theft?

As schoolchildren, the lesson to not take something that is not yours is often taught; taking something that is not yours is stealing. As adults or young adults, the terms of stealing are laid out for us.

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Wheaton criminal defense lawyer, retail theft, shopliftingMost people would consider shoplifting to be a minor crime, but even small time theft like shoplifting can have serious consequences. Shoplifting and other types of retail theft involves more than just taking something without paying for it.

Different Types of Retail Theft

Illinois does not have a statute titled shoplifting. Instead, shoplifting is classified under the retail theft provisions of the law. The statute makes it illegal to take or obtain merchandise from a retail establishment with the full retail value of the merchandise.

This means that retail theft is more than just taking something and leaving the store without paying for it. Actions such as price switching, exchanging merchandise that was stolen, or trying to confuse a cashier and get the wrong change back are additional forms of retail theft.

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