Burglary, robbery, and theft are property-related crimes which may be charged together. Burglary involves illegal entry into a home, business, or other building with the intention of committing theft or another crime. Theft is essentially the intentional taking of property that belongs to someone else, with the intent to deprive the owner of it. Robbery is theft by force or by the threat of force.
In Illinois, even a crime that appears to be minor or victimless can carry heavy penalties. Illinois theft crimes range all the way from misdemeanors with punishment of fines of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail, to felonies carrying fines up to $25,000 and up to 30 years in prison. The severity of the punishment depends in part on the criminal record of the defendant, the value of the property, and from whom it was stolen.
In addition to the risk of prison time, conviction of burglary, robbery, or theft will have a negative impact on your options for the future. Few employers will take the chance of hiring an employee with a conviction of a crime involving dishonesty, violence, or both. Many theft crimes also carry civil penalties, meaning you will have to repay the person, business or organization from which you stole.
To protect your freedom and your future, you need attorneys who know how to fight for you. Beuke & Beuke represents clients facing charges such as:
At Beuke & Beuke, we know what's at stake for you when you are charged with burglary, robbery, or theft in Illinois. As a team, we can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your case from all perspectives, and find ways to punch holes in the state's case. A strong defense is your best investment. If you have been charged, or believe you may be, don't delay in getting help. Contact Beuke & Beuke immediately so that we can get to work protecting your rights and your future.