Schaumburg Retail Theft Lawyer
Chicago, Schaumburg and Wheaton Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Retail theft is a criminal charge you should not treat lightly. Whether you were charged with shoplifting or property theft, you are facing the severe consequences that are typically attached to crimes of moral turpitude.
Crimes of moral turpitude can have serious lasting effects on many areas of your life. Most employers will not hire you, because they may not feel they can trust you. In addition, a theft conviction can impact your future status if you are not a United States citizen.
Are you facing misdemeanor or felony retail theft charges? We offer a free confidential consultation to discuss how our firm can help you. Please call our Chicago office at 312-421-8820, our Schaumburg office at 847-685-6000, or our Wheaton office at 630-573-8500. Or, contact us online.
Understanding the Consequences
Our Schaumburg retail theft attorney is dedicated to providing aggressive criminal defense representation. Our law firm fights to protect not only your rights, but also your future. We have handled thousands of criminal defense cases. We can evaluate your case from every angle to determine the best course of action.
We understand that retail theft can be either misdemeanor or felony charges, based on the value of stolen property. Misdemeanor charges can carry up to one year in county jail. Felony charges, however, can carry several years in state prison. In addition to taking you away from your work and family, you would also suffer the social stigma attached to the charge and jail or prison sentence.
Helping You Minimize the Consequences
Our goal is to get your matter dismissed or obtain a not guilty verdict. Depending on the evidence available, we may strive to minimize your charges. Depending on your situation, completing a theft deterrent program could result in having your case dismissed.
However, in some circumstances, the only recourse is to try to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charge amended, or reduced. We can negotiate to have your charge amended from retail theft to simple theft, which could help speed up your opportunity to expunge your record.
Protecting Your Rights in Civil Claims
It is important for you to know that in addition to your criminal charges, under state law, stores can bring a civil claim against you in relation to the theft. Even if you fight your criminal charges, and win, you could face a civil judgment of hundreds of dollars. Our law firm can address this issue.
Free Confidential Consultation
To speak with a dedicated Chicagoland criminal defense attorney, please call one of our three convenient locations: Chicago at 312-421-8820; Schaumburg at 847-685-6000; Wheaton at 630-573-8500. Or you may send us an e-mail.