Making a mistake that leads to a criminal record can change the trajectory of your life. However, in Illinois, there’s a glimmer of hope. With the possibility of expunging or sealing your record, you might be able to leave the past behind and pave a smoother path forward. But what do you need to know about this process? Let’s uncover the key facts together.5 Fast Facts About Expungement in Read More
If you’re like many people, you have a criminal history that’s holding you back from doing things you want to do, such as finding a better place to live, getting the right type of job, or even attending school. However, there may be hope: You could be eligible to seal offenses on your criminal record. But can you seal a theft conviction in Illinois? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Seal a Theft Conviction in Illinois?
You can seal a theft conviction in Illinois provided that it was a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, or a misdemeanor. The state can charge you with varying degrees of the crime based on the value of the property involved:
- If the value of the stolen property is $500 or less and you didn’t steal it directly from another person, the theft is a Class A misdemeanor and you can seal it.
- If the value of the stolen property is $500 or less and the offense occurred in a school or place of worship, or the property belonged to the government, or you have previously been convicted of any type of theft, robbery, burglary, or forgery offense, it’s a Class 4 felony and you can seal it.
- If the value of the stolen property is $500 or less and you stole it directly from another person, it’s a Class 3 felony and you can seal it.
- If the value of the stolen property is more than $500 but not more than $10,000, it’s a Class 3 felony and you can seal it.
- If the value of the stolen property is between $500 and $10,000, and if you committed the offense in a school or place of worship, the property belonged to the government, the property stolen was a rent payment or security deposit and you falsely posed as a landlord, it’s a Class 2 felony that you can’t seal from your record. It’s also a Class 2 felony if the property is valued between $10,000 and $100,000, or if it was valued at $5,000 or more and was taken from a victim aged 60 or older.
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