Theft in the state of Illinois is a broad legal term that encompasses a wide range of subcategories, including larceny, burglary, embezzlement, identity theft, extortion, grand theft, fraud, petit theft, shoplifting, and carjacking.
In other words, there are all kinds of different ways that you can be charged – some of which you probably never really thought of as theft.
Illinois state laws describe theft as when a person knowingly:
Takes unauthorized control over another person’s money or property
Takes control over another person’s money or property by means of deception or threat
Obtains stolen property, knowingly or with a reasonable belief that the property in question was stolen
The penalties for theft crimes can vary greatly depending on the value of the stolen item(s), the particular type of theft crime, and other related circumstances.…