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Illinois Theft Laws

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Chicago Theft Crime Lawyer

Illinois theft laws cover various conduct, such as extortion, obtaining stolen property, embezzlement, larceny, or theft by deception. If you are detained for theft related crime, different charges can be brought against you and you may need the help of a theft crime lawyer.  Chicago-based criminal lawyer, Sergei A. Kuchinski is ready to present the interests of the firm’s clients in a court of law. 

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What is Theft under Illinois Law?

Under Illinois law, theft is any offense directed at another person's property. Property is a broad term encompassing personal property, tickets, services, animals, money, real property, computer programs, and financial instruments.  

Felony theft in Illinois can include:

  • Unauthorized use or control of another person’s property
  • Use of threat or deception to gain control of the property
  • Using or controlling a property knowing it is stolen
  • Intentions to deprive an owner of their property

Criminal Charges Related to Theft

Illinois theft law classifies theft depending on three factors; the market value of the stolen property, prior convictions, nature or circumstances of the offense. The penalties for theft in Illinois vary from a misdemeanor to a Class X felony. 

Punishment for Criminal Theft in Illinois

There are a variety of charges, including:

  • Class A misdemeanor: Theft of property that is worth less than $500 may lead to up to one year in prison and fines of up to $ 2,500.
  • Class 4 felony: Theft of property that is worth less than $500 in a school, church, or government property. It can also include a person with a previous conviction. It can cause up to 3 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.
  • Class 3 felony: Theft of property worth $500-$1000 - up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. 
  • Class 2 felony: Theft of property which is worth $10,000-$100,000 -  up to 2-7 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
  • Class 1 felony: Theft of property that is worth $100,000-$500,000 - up to 4-15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. 
  • Class X felony: Theft of property worth $1,000,000 and more - up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. 

Illinois Theft Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are in trouble, our theft lawyer Chicago can help you defend your case. Depending on circumstances of arrest, previous convictions, and many other factors, Sergei A. Kuchinski will advise what defense strategy would work the best and will push forward for your case. Our lawyer may help reduce the charges, move for charge dismissal, and do his best to ensure the charges have minimal impact on your record. We will improve your chances to receive fair treatment and provide you with proper legal representation. If you are accused of felony theft in Illinois, don’t let it ruin your life. Contact Kuchinski Law and let us do what we are the best at.  


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