Will County Theft Felony Charges

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It is all too easy in Illinois to find yourself facing a felony theft charge . The following types of theft are felony crimes :

• Any theft over $500 in value. (A simple theft of $500 or less is a Class A misdemeanor);

• A theft of any value committed in a school or place or worship;

• A theft of government property of any value;

• A theft by deception of any value, wherein the offender obtains a rent payment or security deposit by posing as a landlord or landlord’s employee;

• A theft of any value if you have a previous conviction for theft; and

• Possession of stolen goods with knowledge or reason to believe the goods were stolen.

Penalties for Felony Theft in Illinois

Depending on the value of the stolen goods, you could be facing from one year to decades in prison. While probation is a possible sentence in lieu of prison in most cases, a theft of property valued at over $500,000 is a non-probationable felony.

Felony Theft from Will County Electronics Warehouse

If you think it is impossible for a theft of over half a million dollars to take place in Will County, you would be wrong. The Elwood Police Department last year filed charges against three men who allegedly stole as much as $1 million worth of tablets, smartwatches, and other electronics from a Samsung/Neovia warehouse. At least some of the goods were apparently sold through eBay. Two men were charged with Class 2 felony theft involving goods valued at $10,001 to $100,000. The third man is charged with Class X felony theft, which is punishable by six to 30 years in state prison.

The third man’s bank records showed deposits far beyond his income earned as a truck driver who frequently picked up cargo at the Samsung/Neovia warehouse. Police investigators also reported seeing at least six cars parked around the man’s home. As a result, an action for asset forfeiture was filed against the alleged thief regarding $133,243 in cash and a 2016 Honda Pilot valued at around $25,000.

A Joliet Theft Crimes Defense Attorney to Protect Your Rights

If you have been arrested for any type of theft, resist being pressured into an immediate guilty plea. Even if the evidence against you seems strong, a skilled Will County theft defense attorney will know how to argue reasonable doubt, police procedural error, or another type of defense. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, we will do our utmost to help you avoid a criminal conviction. Contact us at 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.

Top 5 Crimes Committed By U.S. Juveniles

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Many parents do not want to believe that their child has done something wrong, let alone committed a crime. According to crime statistics published by the FBI, there were 481,006 juvenile offenders in 2016 across the United States. Juvenile crime is at the lowest it has been in years, but it still is an area of concern. Juvenile cases can be more complicated than adult cases because of the consideration that the offenders are young and have the potential to be reformed.

Juvenile Court Vs. Adult Court

The first consideration that courts must make when juveniles are accused of committing a crime is whether or not the offender should be tried in juvenile court or adult court. Offenders who are under the age of 18 and have the potential for reform and making better decisions will likely be tried in juvenile court. Some crimes, such as murder, will automatically move to adult court if the offender is over the age of 13.

Juvenile Crime

Juveniles are more likely to commit certain types of crime than others. The FBI runs the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which captures the details of certain crimes and provides crime statistics to the public. The NIBRS also breaks down the crime incidents into age categories, one of which includes juveniles. In 2016, the top juvenile crimes were:

1. Assault Offenses - 133,546 Incidents - This category includes charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and intimidation. Aggravated assault occurs when the offender uses a weapon to attack a victim, or when the victim suffers severe bodily injury. Simple assault occurs when the offender attacks a victim without a weapon, and the victim does not suffer severe injury. Offenses such as hazing, assault and battery , and minor assault are included in this category. Intimidation occurs when someone puts another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words or conduct.

2. Larceny/Theft Offenses - 102,429 Incidents - Theft offenses occur when someone unlawfully takes property from the possession of another person. Offenses in this category include shoplifting , theft from a coin-operated machine, theft from a motor vehicle, and any other type of larceny/theft, except for motor vehicle theft, which is in its own category.

3. Drug/Narcotic Offenses - 79,673 Incidents - These types of offenses include manufacturing, cultivating, distributing, selling, purchasing, using, possessing, or transporting any type of controlled substance or narcotic . This category can also include offenses relating to the devices or equipment used to prepare or use drugs and narcotics.

4. Destruction/Damage/Vandalism - 59,032 Incidents - This category includes any type of destructive action to property that results in significant damage, except for arson, which is its own category. These crimes involve intentionally destroying, damaging, or defacing property without the permission of the owner.

5. Burglary/Breaking & Entering - 24,439 Incidents - This offense occurs when someone unlawfully enters a structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. A structure is, by definition, a permanent fixture with four walls, a roof, and a door. This means that burglary/breaking and entering can occur in an apartment, home, church, factory, ship, office, or school.

Contact a Will County Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

Everyone makes mistakes, but that does not mean that they should follow you for the rest of your life. If your child has been charged with any type of crime, you should immediately contact a Joliet juvenile criminal defense attorney . The goal of the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba is to avoid a conviction at all costs. Contact our office at 815-740-4025 to set up a free consultation.

Illinois Speeding Tickets Are More Costly Than You May Think

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If you drive a lot, odds are you have been stopped for a traffic violation at least once. Illinois law enforcement agencies made 2.3 million traffic stops in 2017 , affecting more than one-fourth of the state’s population of 8.5 million licensed drivers (although certainly some stops would have involved non-residents).

About two-thirds of all Illinois traffic stops were for moving violations, with the remainder related to mechanical or vehicle registration issues. Luckily for the drivers, only about 40 percent of all traffic stops resulted in a ticket.

However, if you are one of those 40 percent who get a ticket, the penalties may be much higher than you anticipated. Most people think of speeding, for example, as a very minor offense, with a $140 fine at most. But many drivers are still not aware of a change in Illinois law that took effect in January 2014 which significantly increased the penalties for some speeding tickets.

Illinois Speeding Tickets, Up to 25 MPH Over the Limit

If you are ticketed for going less than 25 mph above the speed limit, this is a petty offense, punishable only by a fine. If your record is otherwise clean, you can generally get court supervision, meaning the ticket will not go on your record as long as you do not commit another violation during the supervision period. If, on the other hand, you have several violations already on your record and are at risk of having your driver’s license suspended, you may want to consult a lawyer regarding your options.

Illinois Speeding Tickets, More Than 25 MPH Over the Limit

If you are ticketed for going 26 mph or more over the speed limit, this is known as aggravated speeding; it is also termed excessive speeding or misdemeanor speeding. You are required to appear before a judge to be sentenced.

Court supervision is possible for these offenses if you have no prior speeding tickets (thanks to a change in Illinois law that took effect in January 2016), but the penalties are still much higher than for lesser speeding offenses.

If you are caught going 26-34 mph over the speed limit, this is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is 180 days in county jail and a $1,500 fine.

If you were going 35 mph or more over the speed limit, you committed a Class A misdemeanor ( 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5 ). The penalty for that is up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Work Zone Speeding Tickets

If you are ticketed for speeding in a highway construction or work zone, you will have to appear in court. The minimum fine is $375 for the first offense. A second offense carries a minimum fine of $1,000. If you get two work-zone tickets within two years, your driver’s license can be suspended for 90 days.

Get Advice From a Seasoned Will County Traffic Attorney

A speeding ticket can cost you a lot more than just a fine. Your car insurance rates could go up, your driver’s license could be suspended, and you could even lose your job if you are a commercial driver with a CDL. An experienced Joliet speeding ticket defense lawyer may be able to get your ticket dismissed or reduced. Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case.


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