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Archives for: July 27th, 2015

The Two Kinds of Domestic Battery in Illinois

On June 19 of this year, a Carbondale, IL man was convicted of domestic battery. The convicted man is currently awaiting sentencing, where he may face up to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

 

Though traditionally a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail, in the case of the above mentioned defendant, a previous criminal record resulted in a much harsher sentence for the defendant. If you’ve been accused of domestic battery, an attorney [...]

The Limited Job Options for Convicted Felons in Chicago

Prison time. Huge fines. Stringent probation.

 

These are just a handful of the penalties you may face if you are convicted of a felony in Chicago. But after prison and probation sentences have been served and fines have been paid off, a felony conviction may still follow you for the rest of your life.

 

How? Because a felony conviction will leave a permanent blemish on your criminal record, which may create a number of problems for you down [...]

Simple and Aggravated Assault and Battery: the Differences

You’ve been charged with assault and battery. But is that one crime or two?

 

Though often lumped together, assault and battery are two distinct types of criminal offenses in Illinois. The primary distinction between the two crimes is that while battery typically involves bodily harm, assault charges may occur even if you only engage in conduct that places another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm.

 

Below, we’ve explored the similarities and differences between assault and battery crimes, [...]

When You are Charged with Theft in Your Workplace

 

The Chicago Public School system has recently come under scrutiny after a joint investigation revealed a string of employee thefts.

 

The investigation found that a Chicago Public School operations employee and four accomplices may have stolen over $870,000 from two public high schools during the years 2009 through 2014. According to reports, the five men conducted multiple fraudulent purchasing and reimbursement schemes for goods and services that were often never delivered.

 

All of the men face charges [...]

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Sex Trafficking Laws in Illinois: What You Should Know

Sex Trafficking | Sex Crimes

Sex trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and Illinois has some of the highest sex trafficking rates in the country. Accordingly, sex trafficking is a major priority for law enforcement, and sex trafficking charges are increasing.

In fact, the enhanced efforts to eliminate sex trafficking may even lead to overzealous policing, and result in innocent people being charged.

Those working in positions — legal and otherwise — that could possibly be affected by Illinois state sex trafficking laws would do [...]

Common Probation Conditions You Must Follow in Illinois

Probation Violations

Although it is certainly far more preferable to time spent behind bars, you are still very much under the supervision of the criminal justice system if you’re placed on probation.

Judges will often commute a prison sentence to probation for low-level and/or first-time offenders. If you’re on probation, your prison sentence is suspended and you’re allowed to remain in the Chicago community — so long as you meet certain conditions.

A probation program lays out strict terms that you’re legally [...]

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