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Month: December 2015


The Difference Between Criminal Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
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The Difference Between Criminal Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

In Illinois, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault are both felonies. There is a lot of discussion on the difference between the two during sentencing, however, because one is a much higher “level” felony, which generally means more time behind bars.

 

If you or someone you know is being charged with criminal sexual abuse or criminal

sexual assault, it’s imperative that you know the difference between the two, as well as their respective penalties and sentencing standards.

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How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?
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How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you are facing criminal charges, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your criminal record. After all, the idea of spending time in prison, paying exorbitant fines, or even having to deal with something like community service or a driver’s license suspension seems like a far bigger deal.

 

But what you may not realize is that having a criminal record dramatically decreases the odds that you can find a job, rent an apartment in a good neighborhood, … Read More

Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender Registry
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Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Sex offenses are serious crimes, and those accused of a sex crime can face severe penalties in Illinois. In addition to serving years in prison, sex offenders convicted of certain sex crimes and/or crimes against children must register as a sex offender.

 

The Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act was created to make public information easily available and accessible about anyone convicted of sex offenses. Offenders are required to register based only on their convictions and Illinois state law. Being … Read More

A Guide to Illinois’ Drug Possession Laws
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A Guide to Illinois’ Drug Possession Laws

It doesn’t matter if you just have a little bit. Or if you forgot that it was there. Or if you were in the privacy of your own home.

 

The Illinois Controlled Substances Act criminalizes the knowing manufacturing, delivery, and possession of drugs. If you are in possession of a controlled substance, there are two crimes you could be charged with—possession, or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver.

What Needs to be Proven for a Conviction?

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