Practice Areas ➤ Burglary, Robbery, and Retail Theft
There are many different types of theft offenses, and the charges differ depending on how the theft was accomplished, what was stolen and the value of the items stolen. Additionally, certain kinds of theft or robbery can include serious penalty enhancements that could add years to any possible imprisonment sentence.
The Law Offices of Joshua Kutnick has experience handling all kinds of theft-related offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, including those listed below.
In Illinois, burglary is a class 2 felony offense. In order for a person to be convicted, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant knowingly entered a building, vehicle or dwelling without permission and did so with the intent to commit a felony or theft.
In Illinois, robbery is knowingly taking the property of another by force or threatening. A person commits aggravated robbery when the theft is accomplished by physically harming the victim or telling the victim that he or she is armed with a weapon. A person can also commit armed robbery when they use any sort of weapon – which can range from a gun to something as simple as a screwdriver. Armed robbery is a very serious offense, and if the weapon used is a gun, can include a 15-year imprisonment enhancement penalty.
This term is not actually used in the Illinois criminal code, but is used to describe theft of an item or items less than $500 in value. This is a class A misdemeanor. Theft of less than $500 can be charged as a felony depending on where the theft occurred and what the stolen objects were.
This term is also not used in the Illinois criminal code, but describes theft of an item or multiple items that amounts to more than $500 but less than $1 million. This is a class 1 felony where probation is not an option for any offender.
Shoplifting or Retail Theft
In the state of Illinois, shoplifting called retail theft. Retail theft that amounts to $300 or less is charged as a class A misdemeanor. Second and subsequent offenses are class 4 felonies.
Any theft, burglary or robbery arrest is a serious charge with serious consequences, and the longer you wait to hire a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to protect your rights and fight your case. Consult with Chicago defense attorney Joshua Kutnick as soon as possible to begin defending yourself against these serious accusations. We have represented numerous people accused of these kinds of cases over the years, often with very successful results. Contact us today at 312-441-0211 and schedule a consultation. Let us protect you and your rights.