Jeffry Mandell has been a theft attorney in Chicago for over 40 years.
Theft is the unlawful taking of anything of value from someone or entity other than a retail merchant. This could include writing a bad check, taking somebody’s wallet, stealing a purse or mobile phone, leaving a restaurant without paying. This could also include taking money from your employer. Make sure to speak with a theft attorney about the specific type of theft you were involved in.
In theft, it is a misdemeanor charge if the value is less than $500. If it is more than $500, 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 Class 4 felony, the penalties are up to a $10,000 fine and 1-3 years in the penitentiary. However, it is usually probationary unless there are enhancements. The felony charge is determined by the value that was stolen.
Here are the charges and penalties for theft crimes:
- It is a Misdemeanor if the value is less than $500.
- It is a Class 4 Felony if the value is more than $500 and less than $1,000.
- It is a Class 3 Felony if the value is more than $1,000 and less than $10,000.
- It is a Class 2 Felony if if the value is more than $10,000 and less than $100,000.
- It is a Class 1 Felony if if the value is more than $100,000 and less than $500,000.
- It is a Class X Felony if the value is more than $500,000 and less than $1,000,000.
For all situations, make sure to consult with a criminal lawyer and go over the evidence in your case to determine the best strategy for your case. Please call Jeffry Mandell for a free consultation.