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Archives for: April 29th, 2013

Police Investigation Yields Residential Burglary Arrests

A recent investigation by Chicago police has resulted in the arrest of several individuals on charges of residential burglary. The felony charge is serious and can carry with it severe penalties upon conviction. That is why retaining a reputable criminal defense lawyer is an absolute must for anyone who has been charged with residential burglary. If you have been arrested for such a charge, a Chicago residential burglary lawyer with experience can mean the difference between your continued freedom and [...]

Disorderly Conduct Can Be a Serious Charge

Chicago residents may think that disorderly conduct is not that serious a criminal charge, but depending on the circumstances, it can have incredibly serious penalties. If you are facing such a charge, you need strong, aggressive help from a criminal defense attorney who will work to uphold your rights and keep consequences to a minimum. Because a disorderly conduct charge can often be added on to other charges, having a knowledgeable attorney is essential to sorting through all of the [...]

Masseuse Accused of Criminal Sexual Assault

However residents or law enforcement in the Chicago area refer to it, rape or criminal sexual assault is a serious crime that results in serious consequences if convicted. That having been said, it is important to remember that not everyone accused of criminal sexual assault is actually guilty. That’s why anyone who has been accused of or arrested for criminal sexual assault in Chicago should consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a sound defense [...]

Tables Turned When Veteran Chicago Cop Is Charged with Theft

The scenario is fairly standard: The police apprehend a suspect, the suspect is charged with theft, and the suspect then hires an attorney before appearing in a Chicago court. However, in a recent case, the script seemed to have been rewritten and a veteran of the Chicago police force was put on leave after being arrested for misdemeanor theft. The charge arose after the woman was accused of stealing just over $200 in vitamins from a local grocery store.

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Touch Screen Tablets and Gym Shoes Allegedly Shoplifted

A 28-year-old was recently charged with retail theft after two touch screen tablets and gym shoes were found in his car. According to police, all of the merchandise was returned to the stores from which they were allegedly stolen. If you have been arrested for retail theft in Chicago, a criminal defense attorney should be contacted immediately so that you can have the optimal opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.

 

Although shoplifting is normally a [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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