Illinois Property Crimes Defense Attorney
Theft, Vandalism and Arson Defense Lawyer Serving Cook County and DuPage County
If you are charged with a crime involving the theft or destruction of someone else's property, chances are you have been charged with one of a number crimes classified as "property crimes." Property crimes vary in seriousness and penalties depending on a number of factors during the commission of the offenses. A conviction for a property crime can have long term and life altering effects. You need aggressive and experienced legal representation to help defend your rights and maximize your outcomes in court. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have represented property crime clients in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties, and throughout Chicago. Our goal is to get your charges reduced or dismissed, and to seek expungement of your record at your earliest eligibility.
Property Crimes in Illinois
Property crime is a term used to cover a broad range of crimes involving the theft or destruction of someone else's property, including the following specific offenses:
- Car theft
- Crimes of deception
- Defacing public or private property
- Identity theft
- Possession of stolen property
- White collar crimes
Charges and Penalties for Property Crimes
Property crimes may be felony or misdemeanor offenses. The severity of the offense and the resulting penalties vary depending on a number of factors, including, the specific crime charged, value of the property destroyed or stolen, whether violence was involved, whether any bodily injury resulted, and the defendant's criminal history. Depending on the circumstances, a conviction may result in imprisonment, probation, hefty fines, and loss of employment and/or difficulty securing employment. You and your family members will suffer strained relations, public embarrassment, and serious financial strain.
Our attorneys understand the Illinois criminal justice system and property crime prosecutions and we have the expertise and knowledge to provide a proper and effective defense. We know your reputation may suffer merely from an accusation of committing a property crime, and a conviction subjects you to long-term consequences, including the loss of your physical and/or financial freedom. That is why it is important to retain one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys to protect your rights as soon as you are charged. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.