DuPage County Petty Theft Attorneys
Naperville Defense Lawyers for Petty Theft Charges
Theft, petty theft, burglary, larceny, and shoplifting – these words are all used in common language to indicate that someone has taken something that does not belong to them. All types of theft have certain elements in common, but as some theft is much more serious than others, the consequences one may face upon conviction can vary greatly as well. It is important to understand what type of theft you may be charged with so that you can properly plan an effective defense or other strategy with your attorney to ensure that you receive the optimal resolution of your unique situation.
What is Petty Theft?
First and foremost, petty theft is not a formal legal term. As such, there is no exact and specific definition for this crime. Petty theft is commonly used to refer to the least serious theft charge under Illinois criminal laws. Assuming that there are no other factors in play and no related criminal history, if someone is charged and convicted of theft of property that is neither aken directly from the person to whom the property belongs nor worth over $500, that crime will be considered a Class A misdemeanor.
What are the Penalties for Petty Theft in Illinois?
Under 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55, someone who is convicted of a Class A misdemeanor may face the following sentence:
- Jail time of less than one year;
- No more than two years of probation; and/or
- Fines of up to $2,500.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with theft, including petty theft, in Illinois, it is in everyone’s best interest to seek guidance from a local, knowledgeable, and experienced law firm such as Donahue, Sowa, and Magana. The legal system can be confusing; it is important to have someone on your side who will explain what is happening and your options to you each step of the way. At Donahue, Sowa, and Magana, our team of attorneys draw on their extensive experience to provide each and every client with the personal attention and specific guidance they need at this challenging juncture in their lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
We represent petty theft clients throughout Illinois, including clients who live in Naperville, St. Charles, Cook County, Kane County, and Will County.