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Retail Theft or Shoplifting

Jeffry Mandell has been a Retail Theft Lawyer and Shoplifting Lawyer for over 40 years.

Retail Theft is when you steal from a store or any type of merchant. This could include large stores like Walmart, Target, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Walgreens, Jewel, Kohl’s to very small stores and family owned businesses. While retail theft charges may seem insignificant, a conviction can come with serious penalties, fines and a blotch on background checks. It is extremely important to consult an experienced attorney before appearing in court. Jeffry Mandell has been assisting individuals charged with retail theft in the Chicago land area for more than 35 years. Mr. Mandell has extensive experience within the Illinois legal system and knows how to successfully defend against charges of retail theft.

A Misdemeanor or Felony charge is dependent on how much the value of the items are. In retail theft, it is a misdemeanor charge if the value is less than $300. If it is more than $300, it is a felony charge. For a misdemeanor, the penalties are up a $2,500 fine and a year in the County Jail. For a felony, the penalties are up to a $10,000 fine and 1-3 years in the penitentiary. One of the ways the charge is upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony is if you’ve been previously convicted of retail theft. This could be a Class 4 felony based on your previous conviction.

Here are some strategies for defending against retail theft:

  • Many times when you are charged with retail theft, there is camera based evidence. You want to try and have your attorney negotiate with the state’s attorney to get the case dismissed and have your record expunged. Options for dismissal include attending Theft School, First Offender Program and Court Supervision. Make sure you discuss with your attorney what might be an option for your case.
  • You can work with your lawyer to determine if you did not have the intent to steal something but were caught and charged anyway.

For all situations, make sure to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney and go over the evidence in your case to determine the best strategy for your case.

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