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Have You Been Charged With Theft?

If you have been charged with the crime of theft, then you will have the option to hire an attorney or have one appointed to you. A skilled theft attorney can help protect your rights before and during trial.

The Crime of Theft

A charge of theft can vary in severity and can be defined as robbery, burglary, larceny, etc. Typically theft is defined as the taking of another person's property without that person's consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. The state you live in usually determines the typical definition of theft. A Chicago attorney define a charge of theft for you as it pertains to your case.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Chicago, IL

Circuit Court of Cook County - County Division

50 West Washington St.,Chicago,IL60602
Phone: (312) 603-6194

Circuit Court of Cook County - Criminal Division

2600 South California Ave.,Chicago,IL60608
Phone: (773) 674-3160

Circuit Court of Cook County - First Municipal District

50 West Washington St.,Chicago,IL60602
Phone: (312) 603-6132