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Theft crimes are unfortunately becoming more commonplace every day. The increase of theft means that the government has become increasingly strict, enforcing harsh penalties and prison times for those accused of such offenses. Such zeal, while understandable, can have extremely negative consequences for those caught in the crossfire of unfortunate circumstances.

You may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or simply had a miscommunication or lack of understanding, but now are suddenly facing many years of imprisonment, exorbitant fines, and a tarnished reputation for the rest of your life. With such a profound weight on your shoulders, you need to immediately contact our theft crime attorney in Peoria. Christopher J. Frericks, Attorney at Law, can fight for you with skill and tenacity.

Contact us today for a powerful lifeline from our dedicated criminal defense lawyer.

Illinois Theft Laws

In the state of Illinois, the crime that is categorized as theft can be defined as willingly stealing someone else’s property, with full knowledge that the victim has not authorized such seizure. This could be accomplished by deceit or direct intimidation and violence, but could also occur if you know that another piece of property has already been stolen but you obtain it regardless. Whether a theft becomes designated as a felony or misdemeanor can completely depend on the amount of the stolen property, but the decision can also be influenced by the manner in which the property was procured.

In the state of Illinois, theft classifications and levels are divided into succinct orders based on monetary value, which include:

  • Class A Misdemeanor – When the property has a sum value of less than $500, so long as the theft was not taken by means of violence

  • Class 4 Felony – When the property has a sum value of less than $500 but was stolen from a place of worship, an educational facility, or a facility of the government

  • Class 3 Felony – When the property has a sum value in between $10,000 and $500, or if the property was a retail piece of more than $300, or if the property or object was stolen by violent means

  • Class 2 Felony – When the property has a sum value $10,000 and $500 but was also stolen from a place of worship, an educational facility, or a facility of the government

In cases where more than $10,000 was stolen, Illinois laws in regard to theft become much more complicated. Regardless of the exact value of the property that was supposedly stolen, you will need the powerful support of our attorney right away.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

In order to secure a conviction of theft, prosecutors need to convince the court that you have indeed stolen property in one of three ways.

These three methods include:

  • Seizing control and possession over the piece of property without permission

  • Controlling or possessing a piece of property through the means of deceit or threats

  • Gaining the control or possession of a piece of property that you clearly knew was stolen

Our knowledgeable Peoria theft crime lawyer is highly experienced and will strive to demonstrate that you did not know a theft was taking place, or that you thought the owner actually did authorize access to a piece of property.

Reach out to usat (309) 322-7772 so that Christopher J. Frericks, Attorney at Law can powerfully defend your rights.

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