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Chicago Shoplifting Defense Lawyer

Experienced Retail Theft Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

Shoplifting or retail theft is a serious crime that should not be taken lightly and comes with a variety of potential consequences.  Generally the alleged shoplifter is detained by the store’s security team after being watched taking merchandise without paying.  If you have been caught shoplifting, you need to be proactive in seeking solid legal representation. With representation from Judge James Shapiro, you can expect a different outcome from your case than those who choose to take on the criminal charge on their own or ignore it completely. Judge Shapiro (ret.) has experience defending alleged shoplifting clients and knows how to resolve these embarrassing, sensitive matters quickly.

If this is your first offense and you have no prior record, as is often the case with juveniles, there are other options and results. Judge Shapiro (ret.) knows your options based on your individual case and will ask the right questions in order to minimize the damages, potentially have the charges dismissed, or even help keep your record clean.

Aggressive Chicago Retail Theft and Shoplifting Lawyer

There are different levels and classifications of retail theft; retail theft valued at $150 or less is typically charged a misdemeanor. The charges and consequences escalate to felony retail theft if you have a prior conviction, no matter how small, for any type of theft, robbery, armed robbery, burglary, residential burglary, possession of burglary tools, or home invasion.

Judge James A. Shapiro (ret.) develops the best defense plan for clients accused of retail theft, misdemeanor or felony shoplifting, return receipt fraud or retail employee theft.

Free Consultation With a Retail Theft Lawyer

If you have questions regarding your criminal defense, contact Judge Shapiro today for a free consultation at 312-782-4615, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.


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