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If you have a history or prior criminal record of retail theft or any other criminal offense that is related to theft, such as robbery, burglary, or home invasion, then automatically upon your arrest, you could be charged with a Class 4 felony retail theft offense.
Even as a first time retail theft offender, if the items you stole were over $300, you are looking at a felony retail theft offense. Generally, the court will make a decision on the value of goods you stole and how much they are worth. If you are caught leaving a retail store through an emergency exit with stolen merchandise in your purse, handbag, or backpack, you can also be charged with a Class 4 felony retail theft offense, even though it may be your first retail theft offense.
Regardless of the situation or circumstances surrounding the charges, felony retail theft charges could mean spending 1-3 years in prison and having to pay $25,000 in fines. It’s worth fighting.
At the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley, located in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, we represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felony crimes. As a former prosecutor who has worked in the Illinois criminal justice system, criminal defense attorney Chris Cosley effectively defends his clients against the tactics the prosecution will use to convict defendants in felony retail cases.
If you or someone you know needs felony retail theft representation, our law firm can help.
Contact the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley in Rolling Meadows, if you or someone you know needs experienced felony retail theft defense. Our law firm can ensure your rights will be protected and will do everything to help you avoid conviction for a felony retail theft charge. Call (847) 394-3200 to schedule a free initial consultation and to speak with Chris Cosley today.