DuPage County Theft Defense Lawyer
Defense Lawyer for Shoplifting, Retail Theft, and Burglary Charges in Wheaton and Oak Brook IL
Offenses related to burglary and thefts are categorized as various types of property crimes in the state of Illinois. As with any criminal allegations, charges of burglary or theft are very serious and can present significant challenges to individuals accused of such violations. If you have been charged with a property crime, your first step should be to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help you build your defense, no matter what your circumstances may be.
As an aggressive but approachable defense lawyer, Attorney Clarissa R.E. Myers has worked with many clients accused of property crimes in Illinois. With her experience in the legal system, she is prepared to investigate the details of your case and work with you toward a favorable outcome.
Tenacious Theft and Burglary Defense in Illinois
There are a number of distinct charges that may be filed under the burglary and theft laws in Illinois. It is important to understand the difference between them, as the details of each greatly affects how they are prosecuted and the associated penalties.
The offense of burglary in Illinois is statutorily defined as the unlawful entering of the property of another with the intent to commit theft or another felony. In other jurisdictions, burglary may be referred to as “breaking and entering.” As defined by law, a person’s property may be a building, mobile home, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or railroad car. The actual theft or commission of another felony is not required to justify charges for burglary; the intent to commit such act is sufficient. Burglary is a Class 2 felony but may be elevated to a Class 1 felony if committed in a school, church, child care facility.
Burglary committed within a residential dwelling is categorized as residential burglary, prosecutable as a Class 1 felony. In addition to breaking and entering, residential burglary may also be committed by deception, including posing as a utility worker or government representative to gain access to a home.
The crime of theft is defined as the unlawful assumption of control or possession of property belonging to another. Act of theft may be committed by deception, threat, or simply taking another’s unattended property. Depending on the circumstances, theft of property from the physical person of another may be charged as robbery if it involved violence or the threat of violence. The prosecution of theft charges depends on the value of the property taken and the manner in which it was taken, and may be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor.
Retail Theft and Shoplifting
Among the most commonly charged forms of theft are retail theft, which includes shoplifting. Retail theft also encompasses price switching, deceptive actions in a retail environment, and theft by store employees. Like theft, retail theft charges may be brought as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the nature and the value of the stolen property.
Aggressive and Knowledgeable Defense Attorney
When facing charges related to burglary or theft, you need an attorney who is prepared to thoroughly investigate your case. At Myers Law LLC, we understand that your future may be at stake and are prepared to work with you every step of the way.
If you have been charged with retail theft, burglary, or any other property crime, do not delay. Contact our office today at 844-9-THE-LAW (844-984-3529844-984-3529) to schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation. Myers Law LLC is based in Oak Brook and proudly serves clients in Addison, Glendale Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, Addison, Wheaton, Elmhurst, Lombard, and throughout DuPage County.