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Archives for: May 17th, 2012

Caught in the Act? Shoplifting Charges Require Vigorous Defense

Shoplifting. Sometimes it’s an innocent oversight that spiraled out of control, and sometimes, well, you did it. What next? Even though shoplifting is usually a misdemeanor, you can still face jail time, still have to pay a hefty fine, and still have a theft charge on your record to contend with for the rest of your life. So even though shoplifting is often considered a petty crime, it’s something you’ll want to take care of swiftly and thoroughly.

 

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Probation Violations: You May Have Another Shot

There’s a funny song about a parolee sitting at a bar telling the bartender how he violated his parole “to have a good time,” tells the bartender all about his exploits, then says, “They’ll probably give me ten years, so just give me beer til they get here.” Well, it’s funny unless you, yourself, have just violated probation and you’re sitting at the proverbial bar with that same, sinking feeling, reflecting on what you’ve done and what’s bound to happen [...]

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Do You Have to Steal Something to Be Charged with Illinois Burglary?

Burglary

Burglary is an oft-misunderstood crime.

Take the case of two 14-year-old boys in McHenry, Illinois. The juvenile suspects were arrested for the destruction of the former Just For Fun Roller Rink. The business had closed permanently in late 2020, and the boys started a fire in the empty rink. The flames quickly got out of hand.

One juvenile was charged with arson, burglary, and criminal damage to property, all felonies of varying classes. The other was charged with criminal trespass, [...]

Illinois Drug Charges? Learn about Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

Drug Crimes

If you’re facing drug charges in Illinois, you may have a lot of questions. One of those might be the penalties you will face if you are found guilty—or choose to plead guilty.

In the state of Illinois, anyone pleading guilty or convicted of a crime in court is subject to the sentence for that particular crime.

For drug trafficking crimes, there’s much to understand about the structure of sentencing and how that can impact the amount of time you [...]

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