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retail theft, shoplifting, Naperville criminal attorney, felony crimes, felony, misdemeanor, retail theft misdemeanor, stealing, Illinois law, St. Charles Illinois lawyer, forgery, residential burglary, blocking security devices, removing bar codes, Class 4 felonyIt could be necessity, desperation, mistake, or even thrill seeking that leads to shoplifting. Whatever the motivation, you may be better prepared to deal with the dread and embarrassment you feel as the store’s security team takes you aside, than with the legal trouble that follows. Depending on the value of goods taken, retail theft, also known as shoplifting, can be a misdemeanor or felony under Illinois law. You could face both criminal and civil penalties. You do not even have to plead guilty or be convicted in order to be sued in civil court.

Basics of Retail Theft

The crime of retail theft involves more than just taking something, hiding it, and trying to leave the store. The following actions are all considered part of retail theft:

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