Vandalism and theft are serious property and theft crimes with serious consequences. Besides significant prison/jail time and stiff financial penalties, a conviction can halt a career, interrupt an individual’s education or prevent a person from participating in volunteer activities such as coaching youth sports or leading a community group.
The property crimes lawyers at Clark and Glasgow, LLC, in Monmouth, provide knowledgeable and assertive legal representation in a wide range of criminal cases involving property crimes or theft. Attorneys David Reid Clark and Steven Glasgow have more than 60 years of cumulative experience, including extensive trial experience in state courtrooms throughout West-Central Illinois.
Theft charges may stem from a person knowingly taking unauthorized control over property that belongs to someone else, receiving property that the person knew or should have known was stolen, or gaining control over property of another through threat or deception. Related criminal charges include burglary, fraud and embezzlement.
A property crime, meanwhile, can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the facts involved in the case. If a person damages government property, it is charged as a felony. Vandalism to a school, a place of worship or farm equipment may also lead to enhanced criminal charges and stiffer penalties.
Clark and Glasgow, LLC are not here to lecture our clients; we are here to help. We will take the time to get a full and accurate account of what occurred, and develop a legal strategy that is designed to minimize the impact criminal charges will have on your life.
Our experience provides us valuable insight into the flexibility that prosecutors have in these cases. Often, it makes sense to avoid trial and keep a client’s record clean by agreeing to alternative/creative sentencing.
If you, a child or anyone else you love faces criminal charges connected with a property crime or alleged theft, we welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case, answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action.