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Month: July 2016


Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Illinois?
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Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Illinois?

Domestic violence is currently a rising epidemic and controversial topic in America. As more attention is drawn to these crimes, sentencing and charges seem to be harsher and more common. If you are charged with domestic violence, will you be facing a felony?

 

It depends. Let’s go more in depth and talk about when domestic violence is and is not a felony in the state of Illinois.

 

Defining Domestic Violence

 

Domestic violence is any act of violence … Read More

What Happens If I Am Caught with a Firearm in Illinois?
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What Happens If I Am Caught with a Firearm in Illinois?

Recent shootings throughout the United States have gotten lawmakers and American citizens into heated debates about the right to own firearms and how they can be carried, openly or concealed. You might feel like it is time to buy a gun, or, if you’re a current gun owner, to carry it with you more often. However, if you do not have the proper license or bring a firearm to specific, restricted buildings, you could get charged and face serious consequences.… Read More

Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?
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Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?

When you are charged with a crime, you will be given a specific name and classification of the crime you are charged with. Each state has its own way of classifying crimes the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” are universal – even if they don’t always mean the same thing everywhere.

 

So what do these terms mean in Illinois? How are crimes classified? What does it mean to be a “convicted felon”?

 

Illinois has three classifications of misdemeanors and … Read More

Robbery vs Theft: The Differences and the Consequences
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Robbery vs Theft: The Differences and the Consequences

If you get caught stealing, you could be charged with theft.

 

If you get caught stealing, you could be charged with robbery.

 

Wait, what?

 

Robbery and theft may seem like different terms for the same action. And in a way, they are. But there are big differences.

 

If you get charged with theft in Illinois, you can thank your lucky stars you weren’t charged with robbery. Under Illinois state law, the two are completely different crimes … Read More