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Illinois lawmakers want to raise standard for felony theft convictionsIllinois has set a goal of reducing its prison population by 25 percent by 2025. One way experts have targeted to reach that goal is by reducing the number of theft convictions that qualify as felonies.

According to current Illinois law:

  • A first-time offense of theft of property (not from a person) valued at less than $500 is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by less than a year in prison and a fine of as much as $2,500. Any subsequent offense of less than $500 is a Class 4 Felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.
  • Any theft of property (not from a person) of $500 or more is a Class 3 Felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.
  • A first-time retail theft offense of a value less than $300 is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by less than a year in prison and a fine of as much as $2,500. Any subsequent offense of less than $300 is a Class 4 Felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.
  • Any retail theft offense of $300 or more is a Class 3 Felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and a fine of as much as $25,000.
  • Any retail theft offense that includes using the emergency exit on the property can increase the severity of the charges. A first-time offense of less than $300 can become a Class 4 Felony. An offense of $300 or more can become a Class 2 Felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison.

The Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing said in a December 2016 report said the monetary threshold for a felony conviction is too low, causing too many non-violent offenders to be sentenced to prison.

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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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embezzlementEmbezzlement is a crime we often hear about in the news in relation to higher-up business people and politicians, but not many people are aware of what it actually means. Because it is more common amongst people outside of the everyday average Joe, we tend to detach ourselves from it. However, this does not mean that you should not familiarize yourself with it, for there is no telling where your life will take you.

By definition, embezzlement is the “fraudulent conversion of another’s property by a person who is in a position of trust, such as an agent or employee.” Often compared to the act of swindling, embezzlement differs from swindling because swindling involves wrongfully obtaining property by a false pretense (a lie or a trick, for example) at the time the property is transferred. To break it down a little more, embezzlement is a type of property theft. The person who commits embezzlement is somebody who is entrusted to manage or monitor someone else’s money or property. Referred to as a defendant, this person has legal access to another person’s money or property but does not have legal ownership of it. Embezzlement is unique in that the defendant has both committed theft and has violated a special position of trust. Here in Illinois, embezzlement is generally punished based on the value or type of property that has been stolen. Punishments are as follows:

  • $500 or less: up to $2,500 in fines, up to one year in jail, or both;
  • Over $500 but under $10,00: up to $25,000 in fines, two to five years in jail, or both;
  • Over $10,000 but under $100,000: up to $25,00 in fines, three to seven years in jail, or both;
  • Over $100,000 but under $500,000: up to $25,000 in fines, six to 30 years in jail, or both;
  • Over $500,000 but under $1,000,000: up to $25,000 in fines, four to 15 years in jail (without possibility of parole and probation), or both;
  • Over $1,000,000: up to $25,000 in fines, six to 30 years in jail, or both.

If you or somebody you know has been charged with embezzlement, you do not have to face it alone. Contact an experienced Illinois criminal attorney to assist you.  

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