Arrests for retail thefts have been much less common in Cook County in recent years. However, there are new laws targeting organized retail crime.
Under 720 ILCS 5/16-25.1, you are guilty of organized retail crime when you, in concert with another individual or group, knowingly commit retail theft from one or more retail establishments, and in doing so, you knowingly commit assault or battery or you intentionally destroy the store’s property.
You can also be charged as a manager of organized retail crime under certain circumstances when the merchandise’s total value exceeds $300.
If you are arrested for a retail theft-related offense, a qualified attorney is important to insure that you receive the best treatment possible in court. An attorney can review your case for your best possible defense. Can the state prove all the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt? Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, an attorney who is respected in the courthouse may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you could on your own.
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