Retail Theft

Experienced DuPage County Retail Theft Attorneys

Stepping into a courtroom without the right representation is like a shadow boxer stepping into the ring with a heavyweight champ. At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, we will help you fight for the best possible outcome for your retail theft case. We are skilled in building defenses for those charged with property crimes including retail theft.

Having defended numerous clients with property crime charges, our firm is highly knowledgeable about Illinois Retail Theft laws. Since we practice in DuPage County and surrounding areas, we are also familiar with the inner workings of the Chicago county court system. Our attorneys know how to effectively pursue all options in defending our clients.

The Difference Between Retail Theft and Shoplifting

Shoplifting is a very specific act, while retail theft covers a multitude of property crime charges. Retail theft and shoplifting are related. Shoplifting is a type of retail theft in which a person takes an item from a store without paying for it. Some other retail theft activities include:

  • Label changing (to reflect a lower price)
  • Under-ringing merchandise
  • Transferring merchandise from original display or container with the intent to deprive the merchant of full retail value
  • Removing a shopping cart from a store without consent
  • Making false merchandise returns
  • Jamming store anti-theft devices

This is just a sample of what is covered under retail theft laws. At Ramsell & Associates, LLC, we will study your case to determine the nature of your charges so that we can provide effective counsel.

Understanding Your Rights Under Retail Theft

You do not have to sign documents or give any statements to any merchant accusing you of retail theft. Merchants are not required to remind you of your rights. Even if police are called and you are taken into custody, you are not obligated to give any statements. It is in your best interest to seek experienced counsel right away if you are accused of retail theft. Our attorneys will seek to protect your rights, and pursue a dismissal or lesser charges, wherever possible.
If you or someone you care for has been arrested and charged with retail theft, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. We will carefully review the reason for and conditions of the arrest, answer questions, and advise you or your loved one on the best steps forward. Our firm represents clients throughout DuPage County and Chicagoland.

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