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Criminal Property Damage, property crime, law firmA Long Grove, Illinois man was arrested recently for throwing a brick through the front door of his neighbor’s home. The man also allegedly entered the home and threatened his neighbor’s wife, then damaged property in the couple’s yard. He allegedly caused the damage because the two victims were Muslim, and said that, "That's what Trump would do,” according to Patch.com. Being charged with criminal property damage can carry a heavy penalty if you are found guilty. In this case, other penalties may apply, such as assault, unlawful entry, and the offense being upgraded to a hate crime. But what constitutes as criminal damage to property?

Proving Intent

In order for the prosecution to successfully charge and sentence a person for criminal damage to property, they must be able to show that the defendant had intent. The defendant must have intentionally caused damage to another’s property, according to Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/21-1. Or, the damage must have been caused by:

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Wiretapping and Unlawful EavesdroppingWiretapping has been in the news as of late due to President Donald Trump’s accusations of President Barack Obama wiretapping his phone lines during the 2016 presidential campaign. While the accusations are being argued, it brings to attention the very real criminal offense of wiretapping another’s phone line. Of course, if anyone had actually used wiretapping in an effort to change the outcome of the presidential election, serious criminal charges would possibly be given to that party. But what are the penalties for wiretapping that has nothing to do with an election? As a private citizen, wiretapping is illegal and carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail as a Class A misdemeanor. According to Illinois statute 720 ILCS 145/0.01, it is unlawful to tap or connect a wire with the telephone of another person, company, or association that conducts business in transmitting news when the purpose of the wiretapping is to wrongfully take or use that new information.

Unlawful Eavesdropping

Like wiretapping, unlawful eavesdropping is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. But what is eavesdropping? If you overhear something sitting on a park bench, that obviously does not constitute an illegal act. An eavesdropper is a person, including a law enforcement officer, who uses or participates in the use of an eavesdropping device. An eavesdropping device is capable of recording oral conversation, intercepting and/or transcribing electronic communication, or can simply be used to overhear a conversation. A hearing aid does not constitute as an eavesdropping device, however. In order to be charged with eavesdropping, a person must use the eavesdropping device in a surreptitious, or secretive, manner with the intent of compiling information from a private conversation. The information can be oral or electronic, and when the person has consent from all parties in that conversation, no crime has been committed. Similarly, the crime of eavesdropping has been committed when a party manufactures, sells, or assembles an eavesdropping device and has reason to believe that it will be used illegally, and if a person uses or discloses information which they have reason to believe was collected illegally through eavesdropping.

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Felony Theft in IllinoisThere are many kinds of theft-related crimes in Illinois that can result in felony charges depending on the amount stolen and the circumstances of the theft. If you are charged with a theft crime, you should contact a knowledgeable felony theft defense attorney as soon as possible to help defend your rights.  

Definition of Theft in Illinois

Illinois law defines theft as knowingly taking unauthorized control over property of another or someone obtains that control over property through deception. It is also considered theft in Illinois to knowingly obtain control over property that is stolen, or that the person should reasonably know is stolen property. In regards to theft, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony will depend on the circumstances and the value of the property that is stolen.

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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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