Theft Crimes

Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Miller

Regardless of whether you have been charged with petty theft or felony robbery, I can help. I am dedicated to assisting Peoria residents with their theft crimes charges and working hard to protect their rights!

Theft is described in the Illinois State Code §720 5/16-1 as the act of a person obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over the property of the owner. A person can be found guilty of theft if he or she obtains that control using deception or threat or if he or she obtains control over stolen property knowing that the property was stolen.

Penalties for Theft Crimes in Illinois

Theft crimes are evaluated based on the value of the item stolen. This means that, in most situations, the cost of the item will determine the penalties affiliated with the charge. Two people may shoplift out of the same store, but if one steals a $450 dress and the other steals a $50 shirt, the one who took the dress will face much harsher penalties. Additionally, the Illinois justice system will evaluate whether the property was taken from another person. Both of these factors are outlined in the criminal code of 720 ILSC5/16-1.

Here is a brief overview of requirements for some theft charges and their penalties in Illinois:

Theft as a Class A Misdemeanor

  • Items stolen were less than $500 and were not taken from a person

Theft as a Class 4 Felony

  • Theft of any value that takes place in a church or school
  • A second or subsequent theft conviction
  • This can result in a penalty of 1 to 3 years in a correctional facility

Theft as a Class 3 Felony

  • Items stolen were less than $500 in value
  • Items stolen were taken from a person directly
  • Items between $500 and $10,000 in value that were not taken from a person
  • This can result in a prison sentence of 2 to 5 years

Theft as a Class 2 Felony

  • Items stolen valued at more than $10,000 and less than $100,000
  • This results in 3 to 7 years in a state penitentiary

Theft as a Class 1 Felony

  • Theft of items $500,000 or less
  • Theft of $1 million or less is a non-probational Class 1 felony

Theft as a Class X Felony

  • Theft of more than $1 million in items or currency
  • This crime results in a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison

Theft Crime Cases I Can Handle

As an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Peoria, I can help you by representing your side in any of the following criminal cases:

  • Retail theft
  • Unlawful use of a credit card
  • Burglary
  • Car theft
  • Forgery
  • Robbery

Hire a Top Peoria Theft Defense Lawyer

If you are facing theft crime charges, I can help. I may be able to use any of a variety of defenses in your case to help you avoid conviction. For example, depending on the circumstances, I can argue that you unintentionally took the items or that you were framed. I may be able to help you prove that the theft occurred without intention or willful knowledge. Call today to receive a case evaluation!