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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal law, stealing, Not all theft-related crimes are created equal. At the most basic level, when a person takes something from another person without his or her permission with the intention to not return it, they can be charged with theft. There are several other ways by which a person can commit a theft in Illinois. If a person does certain other things in addition to simply taking something or trying to take something, they can be charged with either robbery or burglary. For some people, the difference between robbery and burglary may not be clear.

What is Burglary

A burglary has a lot to do with the location of the crime. Under Illinois law, a burglary occurs when a person knowingly enters a building, a boat, a car, or one of several other structures or parts of them, and remains there without permission and with the intention to commit a theft or another felony. Note that while a theft is explicitly mentioned in the statute, it is not the only qualifying crime that can turn entering into a building without permission into a burglary; any felony qualifies. For instance, if a person breaks into another person’s house without permission, with the intention of sexually assaulting the house owner, then the person breaking in may be charged with burglary.

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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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In an article from The Chicago Sun-Times it is reported that a man working as a baggage handler has been charged with felony theft.  These charges come after the man was suspected of stealing from the luggage of passengers.
Salvador Johnson of Gary, Indiana handled baggage at Midway Airport where he  allegedly stole laptop computers from the checked luggage.  Soon after the theft of the computers, it is stated that Johnson would pawn the electronics for cash.
After searching Johnson’s home numerous laptops were recovered alongside records from pawn shops indicating that he had previously pawned computers.  According to the state’s attorney’s office, Johnson was partial to targeting Apple brand computers.
Midway airport had been receiving many complaints and reports of theft from baggage checked onto Southwest Airlines flights.  Mr. Johnson quickly became a suspect after authorities found that his work station was at a security screening area that specifically inspected computers.  According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, this location gave Johnson the opportunity to determine what types of computers were in the checked luggage.  He would then track the baggage and steal the computers a short time later.
On August 9, 2012 Salvador Johnson was charged with one count of felony theft.   Mr. Johnson faces a maximum of five years in prison if he is convicted of these crimes.  he is being held on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to a preliminary hearing on August 15, 2012.
If you or any person you know is facing charges of this nature please seek the aide of a criminal defense attorney.  Felony charges carry stiff punishment and the help of an attorney is of the utmost importance.  Please contact our Naperville criminal defense team to guide and protect you through the judicial process.

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The Chicago Sun Times ran an article on Sunday July 29, 2012 in which it is stated a young female is facing two felony counts of theft. The female is the daughter of Will County Board member Herbert Brooks Jr..
As stated by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, Megan J. Brooks, of Joliet pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday. Although her plea is not guilty, Brooks has admitted to Joliet police that she implemented gift cards to aid in stealing nearly $1,300 from the Target store located in the 2700 block of Plainfield Road in Joliet.
Megan Brooks was indicted back in May, yet not arraigned until earlier this week. Her next scheduled court appearance is on August 28, 2012. Because her relation to County Board member Herbert Brooks Jr, a special prosecutor will be required to prosecute the case, a spokeperson for the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office said.
Target personnel witnessed Megan Brooks retrieve items off of shelves within the Joliet Target Store where she was employed. She would then immediately scan the items as returns. Once the credit was established on those “returned” items, Brooks would transfer the credit onto gift cards and credit cards. She would then use those newly credited cards to purchase new items. Commander Brian Benton of the Joliet police said that the crimes were committed between the dates of December 6, 2011 and March 20, 2012.
When an individual is arrested and charged for theft and fraud serious repercussions follow. A strong defense is definitely a requirement in these situations. Please seek the help of one of our seasoned defense attorneys in Naperville if you find yourself facing these charges. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and innocence in these, or any serious legal situation.
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In an article dated Monday July 23, 2012, from the Aurora Beacon, a man has entered a guilty plea in which he is accused of robbing two area banks, one in Aurora and another in nearby Oswego.  He faces up to 15 years in prison. According to court documents, Joseph Prince, of the 1200 block of Pearl Street, pleaded guilty this week to bank robbery as well as conspiracy to commit bank robbery.  Prince and an accomplice, Mason Johnson, were detained and arrested for robbing the TCF bank located at 2540 Route 30 in the town of Oswego.  In addition, Prince has plead guilty to robbing the TCF bank at 1147 North Eola Road in Aurora.  In the fall of 2010, Johnson and Prince began planning to rob the banks.  The first robbery occurred on December 20, 2010, and the second robbery occurred on January 16, 2011. Are you facing theft or white collar crime charges in northern Illinois, including the Kane County and DuPage County area? Call Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today at (630) 232-1780. Pursuant to information in court documents, on December 20, 2010, Joseph Prince and Mason Johnson entered the first bank in Oswego where Prince gave a note to the teller stating “Give me all the money.  No dye packs.  Thank you.”  Upon receiving the note from Prince, the teller handed $565 to the men.  Prince and Johnson quickly fled with the money.  In the second robbery which happened on January 16, 2011, Prince and Johnson entered the a bank in Aurora where Prince similarly handed a note to the teller.  With different wording the note read; “Give me $5,000.  Thank you.”  According to the records, Prince handed the note to the teller while Johnson stood by.  Unfortunately for the duo, this robbery would be their demise.  The teller handed Prince and Johnson $959, and hidden within the sum of money was a sensor.  They then left the bank, ran to a waiting car and pink smoke began to billow from within Prince’s pocket.  A third man who had driven the pair to the bank, and who is not being charged in relation to the crimes, demanded that Prince and Johnson immediately get out of his car. Two months after the second robbery occurred Joseph Prince met with police.  Upon viewing photos from the robbery that occurred in Aurora, Prince admitted his guilt stating, “You all got me, I ain’t gonna lie.  The money exploded, and there was nothing that we could do with it,”  His sentencing is set for September 14.   In addition to the robberies, Prince has a criminal history which includes prison time for beating a pregnant woman.  With his past criminal history and the bank robberies, Joseph Prince is facing 13 to 15 years behind bars. Mason Johnson was arrested on March 8, 2011, in an unrelated incident.  In addition to his role in the robberies with Prince, Johnson is being charged with an unrelated bank robbery which happened on December 22, 2010 at another TCF bank on Lake Street in Aurora.  That case is pending.

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