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Lawyers for Clients Charged With Burglary Crimes in DuPage County

The Illinois Criminal Code recognizes many different types of theft crimes, and all of them are potentially serious in terms of the consequences. When you or someone you love is facing criminal charges related to theft, burglary, or another property crime, you need a legal team with the knowledge and skills to protect your rights and preserve your future. At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, we have the experience in the criminal courts to provide you with sound legal defense and guidance.

Glen Ellyn Counsel for Theft Charges

Theft, at its most basic, is the taking of any property that belongs to someone else. Stealing an unattended bicycle or a wallet out of someone’s purse are both common examples of theft. Illinois law provides that theft also includes gaining control of another person’s property—including his or her money—through deception, fraud, or threatening behavior. It is also considered theft to obtain property that a person knows or should know has already been stolen. The severity of theft charges in Illinois will usually depend on the details of the alleged incident and the value of the property alleged to have been stolen.

Skilled Burglary Attorneys Serving Warrenville and Winfield

Sometimes referred to as “breaking and entering” in other jurisdictions, burglary is another common type of theft-related crime. Burglary is defined as entering another’s property without permission or authorization with the intent to commit theft or a felony. The intended theft or felony does not need to be carried out for burglary to be charged; the intent is sufficient. In most cases, burglary is a felony, and the charges for the intended theft are often filed separately.

Carol Stream Retail Theft and Shoplifting Defense

When theft crimes involve merchandise available to purchase in a store or shopping center, they are considered to be retail theft, a distinct category of offenses in Illinois law. Shoplifting is one form of retail theft, but there are other actions that qualify as well, including price switching (popping tags), refund scams, under-ringing purchases, and the unauthorized taking of shopping carts. Retail theft may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the merchandise in question.

A Team You Can Trust

Attorney Audriana Anderson is a former DuPage County prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience in the realm of criminal law. With her background and knowledge of the law, she is now dedicated to protecting the rights of those charged with theft crimes in Northern Illinois. At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, we take the time to carefully listen to your side of the story and will work with you to build the best possible defense. If that means reaching a deal to reduce or eliminate charges, we will negotiate with prosecutors to protect your future. If a trial is necessary, we are well prepared to defend your rights in front of a judge and jury.

To learn more about our firm and how we can help you, contact our office at 630-877-5800 for a confidential consultation today. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, we represent clients in Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, Warrenville, Winfield, West Chicago, Glendale Heights, and throughout DuPage County.