DuPage County Shoplifting Defense Lawyer
Retail Theft Attorneys Serving Naperville, St. Charles and Northern Illinois
Shoplifting theft charges, also commonly referred to as retail theft charges, may not sound serious. However, if you are charged with shoplifting, you may face both criminal and civil penalties. Additionally, you may end up with a criminal record even after the matter is settled. If you or someone close to you is facing shoplifting theft charges in Illinois, it is essential that you seek guidance from a lawyer who has experience in this area of the law. With guidance from the attorneys at Donahue & Sowa, you can minimize both the short-term penalties you may face as well as the long-term ramifications of shoplifting theft charges.
Shoplifting Theft Overview
Shoplifting is a form of retail theft. Retail theft refers to a wide range of practices that result in an individual trying to take something of value from a place of business, including intentionally under ringing an item by a salesperson or using a device intended to block or interfere with security devices. When someone is accused of shoplifting, they are charged with retail theft. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony depends several factors, including:
- The value of the item;
- Whether this is your first offense; and
- If the emergency exit was used in the commission of the theft.
Criminal and Civil Penalties
If you are charged with shoplifting, you may face criminal and civil penalties. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a criminal record in addition to other penalties including a jail sentence of up to one year. If you are convicted of a felony charge, you may face a jail sentence greater than one year in addition to any court costs and other fines. Even if you are not convicted of criminal charges, you can face civil penalties including:
- Full retail price of the item;
- Additional fines between $100 and $1,000;
- Attorney’s fees; and
- Court costs.
Experience You Can Trust
Are you facing shoplifting theft charges? You need guidance from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact Donahue & Sowa today at 630-232-1780 or contact us online. We serve clients in Will, Kane, and Cook Counties as well as Geneva and Naperville, Illinois.