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I was caught shoplifting. I was taken to the police station

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I was caught shoplifting. I was taken to the police station and have a court date. What can happen?? ( That was the first time)
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ray replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for your question. I am assuming that it is under $100 in value here.

This crime is considered a misdemeanor theft and in Illinois, the merchant may sue you in small claims court rather than pursue criminal charges.


Misdemeanors in Illinois can carry a maximum punishment of a fine and less than one year of incarceration. Your fine can be not less than 100 dollars and not more than 1,000 dollars.


The law states that stores can impose a Civil Demand
amount of not less than $100.00 and not more than $1,000.00 per
shoplifting incident. Also, here in this matter civil demand can be imposed whether or not you are prosecuted.

Criminal fines can be anything up to three times the value of the theft.



I hope this answers your question and good luck with the situation..




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