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Archives for: January 30th, 2013

Cop Allegedly Nabs Burglary Suspect – In Cop’s Home

According to police reports, a Chicago area law enforcement officer allegedly caught a burglary suspect in the act—in the officer’s own condo. The accused is scheduled to appear in court soon for a preliminary hearing, but it was not known if he had yet retained a lawyer to aid in his defense.

 

Although most Chicago burglary cases are not so cut-and-dried in terms of locating the alleged perpetrator, all of them will result in prison time upon conviction. If [...]

Charged with Rape? If Convicted, You Could Face a Sentence of Over 100 Years

If you are convicted of rape in Chicago, you could face a prison sentence that would be longer than a sentence for some murder cases. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you could spend anywhere from six years up to a maximum 120 years behind bars, as well as fines over $20,000. The penalties for rape are some of the most severe in the judicial system, and rightly so. However, if you have been falsely arrested for aggravated criminal [...]

Fifteen May Not Get You Twenty – But the Penalties Are Still Too Severe To Risk

There used to be a crass saying in the dating world of young men that “fifteen will get you twenty.” The meaning was that if you were dating a 15-year-old, she was young enough to earn you jail time – the equivalent of 20 years worth – if her parents wanted to press statutory rape charges. Although the 20-year figure was a bit over the top, the fact remains that if you are charged in Chicago with aggravated criminal sexual [...]

The Complexity of Weapons Laws

If you are convicted of a weapons charge in Chicago, the penalties can be severe, even if you are a first time offender. The problem is that you could end up with a criminal record without ever having had criminal intent at all. The weapons laws governing the area, and the entire state of Illinois, are so complex that you could inadvertently be in violation of weapons laws without realizing it. In fact, the laws can become so complicated that [...]

Falsely Accused? Rely on a Criminal Lawyer in Chicago

A recent situation in the area highlights how relatively easy it is for someone to make a criminal accusation that is untrue. If you are ever faced with such a situation, a knowledgeable, experienced criminal lawyer in Chicago will be your most valuable asset as you attempt to defend yourself and protect your rights and freedom.

 

The incident in question occurred when a woman filed a report of sexual assault with the police. She claimed that she had been [...]

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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

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