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Retail theft and robbery cases are aggressively prosecuted in the State of Illinois. It’s important to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to represent you if you are accused of these crimes. At the Law Offices of Eugene Fimbianti, P.C., we are experienced in handling retail theft and robbery cases. We know how to thoroughly investigate these alleged crimes and mount an effective defense in court.


Retail theft, or shoplifting, charges are very serious. Whether a shoplifting incident is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the value of the object stolen. In Illinois, an individual can be charged with a felony if the value of the stolen item(s) is more than $150. Prosecutors often charge individuals with both a felony and a misdemeanor for the same incident in case they are unable to prove the felony charge. Attorney Eugene “Gino” Fimbianti understands how prosecutors think and the tactics they use because he himself is a former prosecutor. He uses his past experience to effectively fight prosecution strategies and can often act preemptively to protect his clients.


Robbery is a more serious crime than theft because it involves the use of violence and intimidation. In order for an individual to be charged with robbery, force or the threat of force must have been used in the crime. Robberies are charged as either Class 2, Class 1 or Class X felonies depending on the circumstances of the crime. These circumstances include:

  • If a weapon was used
  • What type of weapon was used
  • Who the victim was
  • Where the crime occurred
  • other factors

Attorney Eugene “Gino” Fimbianti has extensive experience with robbery crimes as a criminal defense attorney and also as a former police officer and felony prosecutor. He understands how robbery crimes are prosecuted and sentenced in Illinois, and can effectively advocate on his clients’ behalf.

If you or a family member has been accused of retail theft or robbery, contact us to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. We will answer your questions and give you an honest and accurate assessment of what you can expect from the legal system. We represent clients in matters in Will County, Cook County, and Kankakee County jurisdictions.