A Vigorous Defense For Property Crimes

Anybody can be charged with a property crime. When you are accused of stealing another person's property — whether the crime is theft, robbery or burglary — the deck may feel stacked against you.

Attorney Gene Ognibene has over 20 years of criminal defense experience, in addition to experience as a former DuPage County prosecutor. This gives Gene Ognibene Associates unique insight that stems from working on hundreds of these cases — as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. We will vigorously advocate for your rights and will work closely with you to reach a favorable resolution in your case.

What's The Difference Between Theft, Robbery And Burglary?

The law can be complex, especially if this is your first offense. People can be accused of several types of property crimes; the most prominent are theft, robbery and burglary.

  • Theft is simply the taking of property from another person. This can range from a petty theft misdemeanor up to more serious felonies, depending on the value of the property stolen.
  • Robbery is theft that occurs as a result of applying force, threat or coercion upon the owner of the property. This is often a more serious felony and may be coupled with charges such as assault or battery.
  • Burglary may not involve theft at all, but is a trespassing crime. One commits burglary when he or she breaks into someone else's property with the intent of committing a felony, which is typically theft.

These charges can have a wide range of penalties associated with them, from a small fine to a state prison sentence. To learn more about the charges you are facing, don't hesitate to reach out to our offices.

When The Stakes Are High, Experience Matters

Theft crimes can range from small shoplifting crimes to serious acts of robbery. Without representation from an experienced criminal lawyer, you could be convicted of a crime you did not commit. Even if you did commit a crime, you may be given a substantially worse penalty that you don't deserve.

We strongly suggest you reach out to an attorney as soon as you are arrested. Our office is in Clarendon Hills near Hinsdale and Oak Brook and serves clients throughout Chicagoland and Illinois. Call 630-984-5636 for a free initial consultation, or reach out online to get started today.