There are two types of theft cases in the state of Illinois: misdemeanors and felony thefts.
Misdemeanor Theft Cases
Misdemeanor theft cases are commonly known as “shoplifting”, which involves items totaling less than $300.
The questions for an attorney are whether there was an actual intent to steal the item. For example, whether the accused had actually left the store or facility, whether an item was accidentally placed in a bag or purse by a young child, whether the value of the item is provable, or whether the stop and search of the accused was proper.
Felony Theft Cases
Felony theft cases involve theft of services or property totaling more than $300. A felony case is a serious criminal violation with penalties that include prison time, felony probation and/ or hefty fines.
As a former state’s attorney Michael Brennan understands the serious repercussions that a theft charge, felony or misdemeanor, may have on you or your loved one’s life. Theft is considered a crime of “moral turpitude”, which means that not only are your actions facing sanctions and penalties but your reputation and career may be also at risk, if a conviction is entered on your record.
Burglary and Robbery
- Burglary involves breaking and entering into a home or other building or structure with the intent to commit a crime inside.
- Robbery generally involves taking property from someone, and includes such things as mugging or extortion.
The state usually tries to prove burglary and robbery cases in two ways: direct evidence (witness identification) or circumstantial evidence (fingerprints etc). If the state tries to prove the case with direct evidence such as a witness testimony, Michael Brennan will have his investigator extensively investigate the witness’ background, which would include whether the witness has any prior arrest record, history of mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, drug or alcohol use the day of the incident, the witness ability to see or know things he or she is testifying about, or any personal motive the witness may have against our client. These are very serious charges and usually result in a person serving time in prison if convicted.
At the Law Offices of Michael J. Brennan, our attorneys are proud to represent and care about our clients. We thrive on winning cases for our clients. We know the devastation that a theft conviction can bring to an individual or his/her family. We will answer your questions and guide you through the whole process, working to take away some of the confusion and uncertainty that comes along any theft charge, while all along seeking the most favorable outcome for you or your loved one.
Contact Michael J. Brennan today for your free, no obligation consultation. An answering service is available 24 hours a day, and Michael is available for consultations in both Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois – you have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Do not leave your freedom to chance.