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Misdemeanor Retail Theft in Cook County

 Posted on August 06, 2013 in Criminal defense lawyer

Misdemeanor retail theft in Cook County is a class A misdemeanor. The offense is punishable up to 364 days in the Cook County Department of Corrections. There are, however, many alternative sentences available. For purposes of this post, we will discuss first time offenders only.

In Cook County, first time retail theft offenders often qualify of the theft deterrent program. The program is aimed at counseling first time offenders and giving them the opportunity to complete a class to keep the case off their permanent record. Upon successful completion of the class, the offender will return to court and a dismissal of the charges will be granted. This not only prevents a criminal conviction from appearing on one's background but it also enables the defendant to have the arrest record expunged as well.

Due to the serious nature of a retail theft charge, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney. Most criminal defense firms, including ours, will give you a one time no charge consultation.

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