Illinois Lessee Theft Lawyers
Naperville IL Theft Defense Attorneys
Theft is a broad legal term used to refer to many different illegal acts. Illinois law recognizes many kids of theft including the theft of information, property, and even services. Depending on the nature of the theft, the crime may be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. If you have been charged with theft, including lessee theft, it is in your best interest to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible in order to fully understand the implications of these charges and all the options you may have available as you go forward.
What Is Lessee Theft?
According to Illinois law, theft by the lessee is a specific type of theft wherein the lessee “intends to deprive the owner permanently of the use of benefit of the property.” There are two situations in which the law says the owner of the property can infer that the lessee intends to commit theft:
- If the owner issues a written demand for the return of the property and the lessee does not comply within ten days
- After 24 hours if the owner issues a written demands for the return of the property and subsequently finds that the lessee has presented false information to the owner such as a fictitious name or contact information.
Lessee Theft Penalties
When someone is charged and convicted of lessee theft, the penalties he or she may face can vary based on a number of factors. The most important factor is generally the value of the property in question – one will face a more serious sentence when convicted of stealing a car, for example, as opposed to stealing a bike. The penalties can range from fines to jail sentences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime and the value of the property stolen.
Representation You Can Trust
Theft of any kind is a serious crime, and facing theft charges can be overwhelming. If you or someone you care about may face charges for theft in Illinois, including lessee theft, it is important to seek representation from attorneys who have an in-depth understanding of the relevant laws and the experience necessary to guide you through this challenging time.
At Donahue & Sowa, we have both the knowledge and the experience you need. Contact us today to set up a consultation. We serve clients throughout Illinois including those in Naperville, St. Charles, Will County, Kane County, and Cook County.