Northbrook IL Retail Theft Attorney

Defense Lawyer for Shoplifting Charges in Lake County

Retail theft, or shoplifting, can seem like a minor crime, but it’s not. Convictions for retail theft can have serious and lasting negative consequences. Depending on the value of the item stolen, shoplifting can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Convictions can result in fines and jail time. Additionally, retail theft is considered a “crime of moral turpitude,” which can negatively impact citizenship status.

If you are arrested for retail theft, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we are experienced in handling misdemeanor and felony retail theft charges and know how to effectively defend and protect our clients. Our Lake County retail theft lawyer will be able to help you with your charges. 

Personalized Criminal Defense Representation for Retail Theft

Many criminal defense attorneys apply a one-size-fits-all mentality to defending their clients. At the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we understand that the circumstances surrounding any shoplifting arrest are unique, and we tailor our defense strategies to match those circumstances. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt takes the time to listen to his clients and works with them to build an effective case. We make sure our clients are always informed and can actively participate in their defense.

A former prosecutor, Mr. Gebhardt is a tough litigator and is always prepared to take a case to trial. Wherever possible, however, we look for opportunities to have cases dismissed and charges dropped or reduced. Our goal is to get you through this embarrassing event with as few consequences as possible. If you are ultimately sentenced to court supervision, we may also be able to help you have the arrest wiped from your criminal record through expungement.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for retail theft, contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. From our Northbrook office, our Lake County retail theft lawyer serves clients throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. From just a small sampling of our files, we are currently representing individuals from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Highland Park, Glenview, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lincolnwood, Mundelein, Niles, Northbrook, Park City and Round Lake Beach.