All Theft Convictions Can Include Fines And Jail Time

Even if a stolen item is not worth that much money, the taking of another person's property can result in serious theft charges. Punishments for these types of charges vary depending on the amount of property that was stolen and the number of times the individual has been charged with similar crimes. Jail time, fines and restitution are the main types of consequences the accused are facing.

Criminal defense lawyer Philip Angelini has more than 30 years of experience handling a wide range of criminal matters, including theft, burglary and shoplifting. He can review your case to determine the best way to fight the charges you are facing. A skilled litigator, he can argue your case in court or work with the prosecution to secure a lesser charge or dismissal whenever possible.

Theft, shoplifting and burglary are serious offenses. If you are facing these types of charges, call 630-413-4174 to speak directly with attorney Philip Angelini, or contact our office by email to submit a question about your case.

Theft

Taking someone else's property and property that does not belong to you is considered theft. An individual who steals a car will not be treated the same as someone who steals clothing from a store. There are differing levels of theft charges depending on the amount of property stolen:

  • A Class A misdemeanor is the stealing of property that is valued at less than $300 (and is not stolen directly from another person). Punishments can be up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
  • A Class 3 felony is the stealing of property that is valued at less than $300 (and is stolen directly from another person) or was more than $300 but less than $10,000. Punishments can be up to five years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
  • A Class 2 felony is the stealing of property that is valued between $10,001 and $100,000. Punishments can be up to seven years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
  • A Class 1 felony is the stealing of property that is valued between $100,001 and $500,000. Punishments can be up to 15 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
  • The stealing of property valued at over $500,000 is also a Class 1 felony, but the accused is not eligible for probation if convicted.

Shoplifting

Shoplifting is a type of theft that often is considered a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the property stolen from a store is valued in excess of certain amounts, the charges may be higher. Attorney Philip Angelini can help you understand your rights and work with the prosecutor or the store to seek lesser charges.

Burglary

In Illinois, burglary is committed when an individual intentionally enters a building, vehicle or other premises to knowingly commit a theft or felony. Burglary is a Class 2 felony that may result in up to 15 years in prison. Burglary in a school or place of worship is a Class 1 felony.

  • After your burglary arrest or felony theft arrest, it is important to exercise your right to remain silent. Do not talk to police. They do not have your best interests in mind and what you say will definitely be used against you, even if you are attempting to explain your situation.

Contact burglary, theft and shoplifting defense lawyer Philip M. Angelini today by email or by calling 630-413-4174 to schedule an appointment with an experienced DuPage County and Oak Brook, Illinois, criminal defense attorney.