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Theft of labor or services is considered a serious crime in the state of Illinois. It includes obtaining the use of property, labor, or services without paying for it. Likewise, it can include renting or borrowing property and not returning it.
If you've been accused of theft of labor or services, you could face some severe penalties. Talk to one of our experienced Arlington Heights theft offenses attorneys about your case today.
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Examples of Theft of Services
You may have heard of “dining and dashing,” and this is one example of what theft of services looks like. Other crimes in this category include:
- Not paying a bar tab
- Not paying bus fare
- Not paying CTA fare
- Not paying for a taxi
- Not returning a car
- Not returning library material amounting to more than $50
Each case in this category is unique, meaning prosecutors will evaluate the situation and appropriate charges based on what type of labor or service was unlawfully used, the value of the service, the circumstances of the theft, and the criminal history of the defendant. The charge can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 3 felony.
Some penalties include the following:
- Class A misdemeanor: up to 364 days in jail and/ or a fine of up to $2,500
- Class 4 felony: 1 to 3 years in prison and/ or a fine of up to $25,000
- Class 3 felony: 2 to 5 years in prison and/ or a fine of up to $25,000.
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Theft of services can result in a hefty financial punishment. Talk to one of our skilled Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyers today. We can offer you sound advice about your case and help you build a solid defense. Our firm of highly rated lawyers has helped hundreds of people with their cases. Make sure you give yourself and your future the best chance possible by letting us defend your rights.