Theft / Burglary / Robbery

Attorney’s advice about criminal defense in Chicago

theft-robberyTheft includes offenses related to the unlawful taking of something that is not yours, and that you have no intention of returning. Theft can come in the form of burglary, robbery, identify theft, auto theft, petty theft, fraud and embezzlement, which all carry different fines and prison sentences depending on the severity of the crime.

Burglary charges in Illinois, which result from an individual being accused of entering a piece of property (such as a building or motor vehicle) without the owner’s permission, with the intent to steal their property, are considered a Class 2 felony. A conviction could carry a sentence of up to seven years in jail. When an individual enters another individual’s dwelling, intent on stealing something, this is considered residential burglary, which is a Class 1 felony and includes a prison sentence if convicted of up to 15 years.

Between burglary, theft and robbery, robbery is the most serious criminal charge of the three. While theft could involve snatching someone’s purse and burglary is defined as entering or remaining in a property with the intent to commit a theft, robbery involves taking property from an individual by the use of force or by threatening the use of force. Aggravated robbery involves using a dangerous weapon or the threat of a dangerous weapon, and is considered a class 1 felony, which means a conviction would yield significant jail time.

Property crimes include trespassing and vandalism. Criminal damage to a property could be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony, with the severity of penalties if the accused is convicted depending upon the dollar value of the damage and the action taken.

Don’t take chances with your life. Call Kevin M. Rosner if you’re facing a theft, burglary, robbery or property crime charge, and he’ll work tirelessly on your behalf to protect your interests. Contact us now for a free consultation!