Some counties in Illinois offer theft diversion programs. These programs are negotiated with the help of an attorney. Under these programs, a defendant, through his or her attorney, would agree to complete the theft diversion program. Upon successful completion of the theft diversion program, the prosecutor will dismiss the retail theft charge and the defendant will avoid a criminal conviction or potential jail or prison time.
Shoplifting/retail theft is prosecuted very seriously in Illinois but there are alternative solutions to jail time or criminal convictions. A conviction can have very serious consequences on a person’s current and future employment opportunities.
If you or a loved on is facing a retail theft or shoplifting charge in Illinois, contact The Law Office of Purav Bhatt at 773-791-9682 to discuss your case.