Criminal Defense
Retail Theft is a serious offense? Harter & Schottland are proven Criminal Defense Attorneys who know how to fight your case.


In Illinois, stores and businesses are cracking down on Retail Theft. So being charged with a Retail Theft misdemeanor can lead to serious consequences. While a Retail Theft misdemeanor in Illinois is a lesser crime than a felony, no criminal charge should be taken lightly. Misdemeanors can result in heavy fines and jail time. Retail Theft misdemeanor convictions on your record can also adversely affect your employment and other aspects of your life. If you already have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, the sentence for a subsequent offense will likely be more severe. That is why it is always wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney regarding any Retail Theft misdemeanor charges in Illinois.


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At Harter & Schottland, our attorneys have successfully defended clients against Retail Theft misdemeanor charges.


In Illinois, misdemeanor offenses are grouped by classes. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by a year in county jail, $2,500 in fines or both; Class B misdemeanors can be punished by a sentence of six months in jail and $1,500; Class C misdemeanors by 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.


We don't just hold your hand and plead you guilty. We fight the charge. 



If you have been charged with a Retail Theft misdemeanor, please contact our law firm as soon as possible for authoritative legal advice and effective representation. We offer a free case evaluation to advise you of your rights and options. Our attorneys will fight to win your case, protect your rights and minimize the negative consequences both today and in the future.


Concerned about the effect of a Retail Theft misdemeanor on your record? Contact us about record expungement.


From offices in Round Lake Beach, Waukegan and Woodstock, we represent clients throughout Northern Illinois, including the communities of Barrington, Elgin, Schaumburg, Lake Forest and Wadsworth.