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Wheaton Theft Defense Attorney

DuPage County Theft Lawyer

Property Crime Defense Lawyer in Aurora, Carol Stream, and Throughout DuPage County

Criminal charges related to theft can take many forms, all of them very serious under the law. If you are facing theft allegations, you need an attorney who will stand up and fight to protect your rights and your future. At The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Nierman, Ltd., we understand the seriousness of such charges. We also believe that you deserve the opportunity to tell your side of the story, no matter what the accusations against you may be. Our team is ready to offer you the responsible, cost-effective representation you need during a difficult time.

Theft Crimes in Illinois

Perhaps the most common type of theft crime is the outright stealing of another persons property. This could include stealing an unattended cell phone or wallet or taking an item from a retail establishment. Theft, however, also includes assuming control over the property of another by means of deception or threat, as well as obtaining property that is known to have been stolen. In most cases, the severity of a theft charge depends on the value of the property in question and the circumstances of the alleged crime.

Retail Theft Defense Counsel in DuPage County

Illinois law draws a distinction between theft of someone else's personal property and theft of property belonging to a retail establishment. Retail theft charges can vary from a Class A misdemeanor up to a Class 2 felony in certain situations and include actions such as:

  • Shoplifting;
  • Price tag switching;
  • Manipulating self-checkout machines to pay less than full price;
  • Fraudulent returns and refunds; and
  • Employee theft.

Former Prosecutor Now Working for You

Attorney Michael P. O'Donnell spent more than a decade working for the DuPage County State's Attorney's office as a prosecutor. He is also a 20-year veteran of the United States Army Reserve, having served as a military police officer. With his background and experience, he understands the tricks and techniques that prosecutors will use to secure a conviction, and he is prepared to build your defense accordingly. No matter how serious the charges against you may be, our firm is ready to help you find a workable resolution whenever possible.

In some cases, law enforcement will handle a theft situation as a local ordinance violation rather than as state-level criminal offense, particularly for alleged first-time offenders. Whether you have been issued an ordinance violation or have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony for theft, we are equipped to investigate the circumstances of your case and explore any and all options for avoiding a conviction.

Contact Wheaton Criminal Defense Attorney Michael O'Donnell

To learn more about how we can provide assistance with theft cases, contact our office. Call 630-765-7365 to schedule a free consultation with The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Nierman, Ltd. today. We handle criminal matters throughout DuPage County, including in the communities of Wheaton, Naperville, Carol Stream, Aurora, Downers Grove, and Elgin.


The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Nierman, Ltd.

290 South County Farm Road, Suite O, Wheaton, IL 60187

The Law Offices of O’Donnell & Nierman, Ltd.

290 South County Farm Road, Suite O
Wheaton, IL 60187

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