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One of the most common criminal offenses in Chicago and the suburbs is retail theft or shoplifting (also known as Ret Theft/Disp Merch or Ret Theft/Switch Price). Retail theft cases are prosecuted under 720 ILCS 5/16-25           and are taken very seriously. Retail theft offenses are quite simple: If you take items past the last cash register without paying the full retail value of those items, you can be charged with and convicted of shoplifting.
Retail theft charges are typically charged as a misdemeanor under 720 ILCS 5/16-25 when the total retail value of the merchandise taken is $300 or less. Anything over $300 in value can be charged as a felony offense. Whether a misdemeanor or felony, the real possibility exists that a suspect convicted of shoplifting may land in jail and suffer the consequences of a criminal record.
Should you or a loved one face shoplifting charges, you should contact retail theft defense lawyer Andrew Weisberg immediately. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Weisberg understands all aspects of retail theft cases and will provide you with top notch representation to help you avoid jail time and keep your record clean. Contact Mr. Weisberg at the office or any time on his cell phone (773) 453-2140.
Just because you are charged with retail theft or shoplifting under 720 ILCS 5/16-25 does not mean you must be convicted. Experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys can take advantage of certain little known programs that can quickly lead to the dismissal of your charges and the expungement of your arrest records. Contact Mr. Weisberg today to formulate a plan to get your case dismissed and your record cleared. The overwhelming majority of clients represented by Mr. Weisberg for retail theft cases ultimately see their cases dismissed and their clean records restored. Do not settle for a lawyer that does not have your best interests at heart. Contact retail theft attorney Andrew Weisberg today.
If you or a loved one has been charged with retail theft (720 ILCS 5/16-25) in the Chicago area, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal attorney with a reputation as an aggressive, smart and tough defense lawyer. He is a former prosecutor in Cook County and Will County, and he has gained vast experience in defending every area of criminal law, from sex crimes and violent offenses to domestic violence and theft offenses. To speak with Mr. Weisberg, call his office or his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 453-2140. The consultation is immediate, free and confidential.