Lake County, IL Theft Burglary Charges Attorney | Waukegan Lawyer

Burglary Robbery Defense Charges | Attorneys in Waukegan and Lake County Illinois

In Lake County, IL, a shoplifting, theft, burglary or robbery conviction can carry with it serious consequences. If you have been accused, it is critical that you fight hard to protect your rights. Contact me — Jason R. Mercure — at my Waukegan / Lake County, Illinois law office. I am a determined lake county criminal defense lawyer, and I use my life experience as a prosecutor to go the distance for your defense in the Lake County Illinois Courthouse. I represent people facing charges related to a wide range of theft, burglary and robbery crimes in Lake County and Illinois state courts.

Lake County, IL Theft / Larceny / Grand Larceny Lawyers

Theft of property can be a Class A misdemeanor (Larceny, or Petit Larceny) or a felony of various degrees (Grand Larceny), depending on what was taken, its value, and other factors.

  1. Larceny Charges in Lake County, Illinois is defined as the unlawful taking, or trespassory taking, of another's property without their permission and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner. Shoplifting is an example, as well as theft by check. The maximum sentence for petty larceny in Lake County, IL is one year in jail. Depending on the value of the items and criminal history, punishment is often limited to fines, probation, and making restitution.
  2. Grand Larceny Charges in Lake County, IL is the unlawful taking of property valued at $1,000 or more, or property of any value taken directly from another person (pickpocketing). This charge also applies to theft of a credit card or debit card. Conviction can carry a prison sentence of 1 to 4 years. You will need an experienced Lake County criminal defense trial lawyer to answer to these charges.
  3. Burglary Charges in Lake County, IL is a Class D or higher felony and is unlawful entry into a house, room, apartment or other structure with the intent to commit theft or any other felony. If you are found guilty, you can face one to ten years in prison.
  4. Robbery Charges in Lake County, IL is the taking of personal property directly from another person against his will, by use of force or fear. It is punishable by five years to life in an Illinois state prison., a Class D or higher felony.

If you have been accused of larceny, grand larceny, burglary or robbery, I am prepared to thoroughly investigate your case, negotiate it on your behalf and take it to jury trial if necessary. You can turn to me for an aggressive and resourceful criminal defense attorney in Waukegan and Lake County, Illinois.

Shoplifting Arrest | Criminal Defense Attorneys in Lake County, IL

In a shoplifting charge in Lake County, IL or employee theft case, the store security and prosecution will be required to prove an intent to permanently steal. The mode and manner of the concealment of the item is often the key to a viable defense. Many times people simply are distracted and do not criminally realize they are taking the item, or have the required criminal intent of permanent deprivation. A thorough examination by your criminal shoplifting defense attorney in Lake County, Illinois will reveal the extent and often lack of criminal intent, which may be the key to defeating a shoplifting criminal conviction in Lake County. In seeking legal counsel with Criminal Defense Attorney, Jason R. Mercure for a shoplifting arrest, we know and ask the proper questions regarding concealment, criminal intent and proof of permanent deprivation.

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Whether you are looking for a Criminal Defense Attorney in Waukegan / Lake County, IL or representation including: Shoplifting, Theft Charges, Burglary or Robbery Charges in Lake County, Illinois...you have found your advocate...Waukegan Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jason R. Mercure.

Remember...We offer FREE consultations, during which we will talk with you about your legal situation and how Illinois law may apply. During this consultation, you can ask your questions and trust that you will receive thorough answers based on in-depth legal knowledge. Contact us today at 847.336.4440