Cook County, Illinois Theft & Property Offense Attorney

Sandra L. Byrd in Chicago, Illinois, is a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience handling theft and property offense charges. Theft and property offenses cover a wide array of conduct. Depending on the circumstances the charges can be either misdemeanor or felony. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd knows how critical it is to avoid such life altering charges. She will discuss the details of your situation and advise you on the best steps forward.

What is Theft?

According to Illinois law, theft occurs when a person knowingly:

  • Takes or assumes unauthorized control over another person’s property
  • Obtains control over property by deception
  • Obtains control over property by threat
  • Receives stolen property
  • Takes property designated as stolen from the custody of law enforcement

The key to proving theft is that the person knows that an item in their possession is stolen or that they take deliberate steps to obtain the property in an illegal, unauthorized manner.

Consequences for conviction of theft are based on the value of the property, the location of the theft and the status of the person from whom property was taken. For example, theft exceeding $10,000, but not in excess of $100,000 that occurs in a school or in a place of worship is a Class 1 felony. In that same scenario, if the amount exceeds $100,000, it becomes a Class X felony. The same is true if the property taken is government property.

Some common types of theft include:

  • Shoplifting
  • Retail theft
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Receiving stolen property

Understanding Property Crimes

Property crimes are some of the most common crimes committed. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd has successfully represented those charged with property crimes including:

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Fraud
  • Car Theft
  • Larceny
  • Vandalism
  • Forgery

When facing theft and property crime charges, it is important to choose an attorney who knows how to challenge every aspect of the prosecution’s case. Ms. Byrd’s experience in fighting against theft and property crime convictions makes her a solid choice for those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law in such matters. It is important to choose an attorney who knows and understands your rights and knows and understands all your options.

If you were arrested for a theft and/or property crime, contact Attorney Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will analyze the circumstances of your matter and create a course of action to best suit your circumstances. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.

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