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Month: August 2016


A Guide to Criminal Damage to Property in Illinois
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A Guide to Criminal Damage to Property in Illinois

While the Olympics this year had many high points, the final days were surrounded by controversy. At first, it was reported that four American swimmers, including Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte, had been robbed at a gas station in Rio by men posing to be law enforcement. At least, that is what the swimmers told the press.

 

Later, witness testimony disputed Lochte’s story, saying that not only were the swimmers never robbed, but they were confronted by police because they … Read More

Burglary vs. Trespassing: What’s the Difference in Illinois?
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Burglary vs. Trespassing: What’s the Difference in Illinois?

There are many kinds of property crimes in Illinois (trespassing, burglary, robbery, and so on), and sometimes only a single intention or action distinguishes one from another.

 

But each crime has its own set of penalties and appropriate defense strategies; if you are charged with any kind of property crime, it is important to know what the charge consists of so you can work with a criminal attorney to begin crafting a strong, effective defense.

 

In this post, … Read More

What It Means to Be Charged with “Aggravated” Assault in Illinois
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What It Means to Be Charged with “Aggravated” Assault in Illinois

In our state, an assault charge means that the offender caused the victim to be afraid of immediate violence. That’s it.

 

You do not actually have to have made physical contact or caused bodily harm to be charged with assault. To make matters worse, an assault charge can be bumped up to an aggravated assault, resulting in harsher charges and penalties.

 

What exactly is aggravated assault?

 

Aggravated Assault Involves Aggravating Factors

 

In any crime, aggravating or … Read More

How Do Drug-Free Zones Affect Sentencing?
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How Do Drug-Free Zones Affect Sentencing?

Generally, if you get caught selling a few grams of cocaine, you could face up to 15 years in prison. But if you get caught selling a few grams of cocaine in a public park, you could face up to 30 years in prison.

Wait, what?

 

That’s right. Literally depending on where you are standing when you allegedly commit a drug offense, your sentence could potentially be doubled. This is because many areas in Illinois cities and towns are … Read More

Changes May Be Coming to Illinois Sex Offender Laws
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Changes May Be Coming to Illinois Sex Offender Laws

Five Illinois child sex offenders are taking a stand against the state’s confusing, vague, and highly restrictive sex offender registry.

 

Over the past 30 years that the Illinois sex offender registry has been in place, there have been more and more restrictions placed on registrants. Illinois law limits where a registrant can and cannot live, work, or even visit. For example, a registrant cannot loiter within 500 feet of a school, public park, or playground. When so much of … Read More