Theft Charges in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

There is a range of theft crimes with varying penalties, depending upon the degree of the offense. No matter what theft crime you have been charged with, you can be certain that the penalties imposed by state lawmakers are harsh, and it is necessary to take action to defend yourself of the charge. With the assistance of a Chicago criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, you can increase the possibility of a better outcome in theft crime charges. However, fast action is strongly advised, as when developing a case for the defense, it is critical that it begins as quickly as possible after the arrest.

Types of theft crimes our Chicago theft and fraud lawyers handle:

Felony theft – If you are convicted of a felony in Chicago, you could face very serious penalties, depending upon the severity of the charges. For example, you could expect to pay fines and spend time incarcerated. You might also be forced to complete probation and do community service.

Identify Theft – Identity theft occurs when an individual uses someone else’s personal information, such as their name, social security number, banking information or credit card number, without that person’s knowledge or permission for the express purpose of fraudulent financial gain.

Retail theft – Retail theft is a crime against retail establishments. Retail crimes include shoplifting, changing the price tags on goods, switching the packaging to avoid paying full price for goods, or returning items under false pretenses for cash or store credit. Retail theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the value of the theft.

Burglary – Burglary is a felony in Illinois. Penalties are more severe when the burglary is of a residence, school, or church, or if it’s a home invasion.

Burglary juvenile offense – The juvenile justice system is modeled on the adult justice system and can be quite intimidating to you and your child. The criminal defense team from the firm is versed in handling all types of juvenile crime including juvenile shoplifting, theft, vandalism, underage drinking and minor drug possession.

Other areas we assist with:

  • Grand theft auto
  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Property theft
  • Carjacking
  • Shoplifting
  • Home invasion theft

Penalties for a Theft or Fraud Charge in Illinois

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • Court Fees
  • Restitution
  • Tainted criminal record
  • Trouble getting a job
  • Loosing licesening (doctor, nurse, lawyer, teacher etc.)

Chicago Theft Crime Defense

Dealing with the legal system can be a frightening situation. When arrested and charged with a serious theft crime, your future is in jeopardy. Certain theft crimes are felonies and if convicted you could expect time spent in state prison as part of the penalty. Acting quickly and enlisting the assistance of a Chicago criminal attorney from the firm is vital under such circumstances.

Dedicated Defense from a Chicago Theft Lawyer

There have been countless cases in which individuals were charged with a serious theft crime, but through a thorough review of the evidence against the accused, it was determined that there were violations of standard police procedure that opened the door to a court challenge. In such cases, the charges are often dismissed or reduced. Every aspect of the case against you must be analyzed at once in order to determine what defense strategy could be initiated by the legal team at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege. The firm is dedicated and aggressive in their approach to criminal charges, and will tirelessly fight for the defense of your case.

Contact Our Qualified Fraud and Theft Attorneys

When potential employers get a report that shows a theft conviction, no matter how minor or far in the past, they may not hire you as you could be considered to be a “risk”. It is critical that you contact the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege at once if you have been arrested and charged with fraud or theft– and prior to making statements to law enforcement. Call our office today for a trusted Chicago criminal defense attorney!



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