Retail Theft Lake County
The criminal defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. represent clients throughout Lake County on charges of Retail Theft (sometimes referred to as shoplifting). Allegations of Retail Theft, both misdemeanor and felony, are prosecuted in the main court complex located in Waukegan, Illinois. Retail Theft is considered a misdemeanor offense if the merchandise has a total value under $300.00. When the value is greater than $300.00, the offense may be charged as a felony.
Misdemeanor Retail Theft cases are held at 18 North County Street. There are multiple misdemeanor courtrooms within this courthouse, primarily on the fourth floor of the building, where Retail Theft/Shoplifting cases are heard. Felony Retail Theft cases are held nearby at 301 Washington Street which is connected to the main courthouse. When Retail Theft charges are brought as local or village ordinance violations, these cases will then be prosecuted in the various branch courts located throughout Lake County, which include Park City Courthouse, Mundelein Courthouse, and Round Lake Beach Courthouse. A local ordinance violation is preferred to a State charge because the risk of jail is eliminated when the offense is charged in this manner. The local police officers throughout Lake County have the discretion to charge Retail Theft allegations as true misdemeanor offenses, by charging suspected offenders under the Illinois Criminal Code. When this happens, Retail Theft is charged as a Class A Misdemeanor and the maximum penalties under this classification are a $2,500.00 fine plus court costs, and a maximum of 364 days in the Lake County Jail. Penalties for Retail Theft ordinance violations generally involve conditions such as community service and fines.Retail Theft Allegations
When a theft occurs at one of the many retail establishments in Lake County, the local police departments may be notified to make an arrest. Larger chain stores (i.e. Kohl’s) normally have a Loss Prevention Department that employs agents who become necessary witnesses in the prosecution of this charge. Details about the alleged theft are generally given to the arresting officers by the Loss Prevention Agents and/or store employees.Retail Theft Defense
Often, there is video surveillance of the alleged crime. As your defense attorneys, we subpoena this evidence to aid us in determining whether or not a case is appropriate for a trial, or if it is better suited for a negotiated plea disposition. In other instances, the testimony of the Loss Prevention Agent and/or store employee is the primary evidence used by the State to prosecute these charges. Sometimes, the loss prevention agent or store employee does not appear in court for trial. When this happens, we object to any further continuances and, often, judges are unwilling to grant the State’s continuance, which may result in a dismissal.Contact Us
The Retail Theft defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. have years of experience practicing in the Waukegan courthouse and the affiliated branch courts and are familiar with the local procedures, prosecutors, Assistant State’s Attorneys, Clerks of the Circuit Court, and the Judges that preside throughout Lake County. Contact us if you require legal assistance for an ordinance violation, misdemeanor charge, or felony allegation of Retail Theft in any of the courthouses throughout Lake County including Waukegan, Park City, Mundelein, and Round Lake Beach.