Retail Theft, Skokie/Old Orchard Courthouse
Allegations of retail theft, both misdemeanor and felony, are prosecuted in the Second Municipal District Courthouse in Skokie, Illinois (sometimes referred to as the Old Orchard Courthouse). The majority of these matters are prosecuted as misdemeanor offenses. There are multiple misdemeanor courtrooms within this courthouse (primarily on the first floor of the building), where these cases are heard on a daily basis.
There are numerous Villages that comprise the Second Municipal District which include Glenview, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Deerfield, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Northfield, Kenilworth, Golf, Lincolnwood, Evanston, Glencoe, Des Plaines, and Winnetka. There are a tremendous amount of retail establishments throughout the Second Municipal District and when a theft/shoplifting is alleged, the local police departments are often notified to make an arrest on scene. Larger chain stores normally have a Loss Prevention Department who employ agents who become necessary witnesses in the prosecution of these charges, both misdemeanor and felony. The Arresting Officers rarely witness the act itself and are generally told what happened inside the store by the Loss Prevention Agents and/or store employees.
Often, there is video surveillance of the alleged crime. As defense attorneys, we subpoena this evidence to help us determine 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. A thorough evaluation of all relevant evidence will be required to determine the most appropriate defense strategy in your case.
For individuals with little or no criminal background, deferred prosecution agreements with the State may be possible, wherein a recommendation that the client complete a Theft Deterrent Class is made, and the client is then ordered to return a few months later to show the Court that he/she has completed the program successfully. When this is demonstrated, a complete dismissal of charge is entered. Of course, this is a very favorable outcome. Further, one may immediately file for an expungement of their arrest record when a dismissal of these charges is entered.
The criminal defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. have years of experience practicing in this courthouse and are familiar with the courthouse procedures, prosecutors, Clerks of the Circuit Court, and the Judges that preside in Skokie. Please contact us if you require legal assistance for a misdemeanor or felony charge of Retail Theft in the Skokie/Old Orchard Courthouse.