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Month: August 2014


What To Do If You Accidentally Shoplifted
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What To Do If You Accidentally Shoplifted

You might scoff at the idea that someone could “accidentally shoplift” – until you mistakenly do it yourself. Maybe you had a lot on your mind while you were shopping and simply forgot to go through the checkout line. Or maybe you were shopping with your kids and failed to notice the youngest slipping a small item into your pocket or purse. Whatever the case, you may now find yourself facing retail theft charges over an honest mistake.

 

Although … Read More

Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting
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Illinois Attitude on Marijuana Possession Is Slowly Shifting

Illinois has historically taken a hard line when it comes to marijuana possession, but as the national attitude towards pot shifts, legislators in our state are slowly pushing for change. Now, three bills that would effectively decriminalize possessions of small amounts of marijuana are under consideration.

 

Here’s what you need to know about those three proposals:

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House Bill 5708, sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana a “regulatory

What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in Chicago?
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What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in Chicago?

You’re likely already familiar with the term “disorderly conduct” and may have heard it applied to a wide variety of activities. For example, someone who is drunk and belligerent in public could be charged with disorderly conduct, while someone who disobeys an order from a police officer could be charged with the very same crime. Someone might also face disorderly conduct charges for calling in a false threat or alert to the police.

 

Disorderly conduct encompasses a lot of … Read More

Possible Defenses in a Chicago Public Indecency Case
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Possible Defenses in a Chicago Public Indecency Case

If you’re being charged with public indecency, you may wonder what the big deal is—perhaps you urinated in an alley after a night at the bars or mooned an old college friend as a joke, and you don’t believe that your actions should be considered a criminal offense. Unfortunately, the arresting officer probably didn’t see things this way, and you need to take any charge leveled against you very seriously.

 

Under Illinois state law 720 ILCS 5/11-30, public indecency … Read More