Theft, Robbery & Burglary Lawyer in Chicago

Differences Between Theft, Robbery, and Burglary

In Illinois, as in other states, it is a crime to take something of value from another person. What "of value" means is subject to some discussion, but it's generally accepted that it means the item must be worth at least a penny. The item does not even need to be a physical object, as it may also be a service.

What is Theft?

It is illegal to steal services (called theft of services) from another, so if you don't pay for your cab ride, or if you refuse to pay a fortune teller for reading your palm, it's a crime in any event. A theft requires you take the item without the permission of the owner. It doesn't matter however if this is done by force (displaying a gun or hitting the victim), by deception (tricking or deceiving the other person) or by threat (threatening the victim to give up the item even if no force is used).

What is Robbery?

A robbery generally involves the taking of an object from the person or presence of another. Again it doesn't matter whether this is accomplished by force or merely by threat of force. But if force is used or if a weapon is used in the commission of the crime, then generally the offense will be charged as a higher crime, with greater penalties and potential jail time.

What is Burglary?

A burglary on the other hand involves a person who enters without permission a boat, car, train, trailer or building with the intent of committing a theft there or committing a felony there. So it's not even necessary for the person to actually take anything, but if a judge believes that the defendant intended to steal something (even if he didn't follow through), then it's enough to likely prove the crime. It's also not necessary that the defendant intended to steal something there as long as he intended to commit some type of other felony while there.

Contact Our Chicago Theft, Robbery & Burglary Attorneys

Since 1990, the Chicago defense lawyers of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have been helping clients and their families in situations such as these. Property crimes may be charged as misdemeanors, ordinance violations or felonies, so the penalties vary greatly depending upon the circumstances of the crime and the defendant's criminal record. Call us at (800) 996-4824 or (312) 644-0444 today to discuss your case free of charge or set up a free appointment at an office near you.


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