Legal Question in Criminal Law in Illinois

i was just arrested for retail theft first time i'm scared i made a mistake and i would like to know what to expect the amount was 63 dollars. i have not had my court date or anything this just happened 2 days ago. i have never been in trouble with the law in any way except a couple speeding tickets.

Asked on 4/17/11, 8:36 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Michael Harvath Harvath Law Offices-INJURY case representation

Hi. I am an Illinois licensed attorney that handles criminal charges throughout most parts of the state.

Theft is a charge that you really want to avoid on your permanent record, as it may likely have negative consequences in the future, and significantly affect your ability to find employment. In this day and age, many employers will do criminal background checks before hiring.

In order to potentially have the charge amended to a lesser violation and plead guilty to a lesser charge, such as littering, for example, you will very likely need to have an attorney handle the defense for you. We are typically able to get these charges reduced to something that will not significanly affect your future employment opportunities and cause a serious concern to anyone looking at your background information. Criminal attorneys are usually able to negotiate with the prosecutors for what is called a "plea bargain". This can also seriously reduce the possibility of having to serve any jail time, and, often, probation can be offered instead.

I hope this helps to some extent. I can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] Thanks.

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Answered on 4/22/11, 12:07 am

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