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Month: May 2017


Is Illinois Making False Domestic Violence Accusations Easier?
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Is Illinois Making False Domestic Violence Accusations Easier?

Unfortunately, after a tragic story of domestic violence, many people find themselves asking, “Why didn’t they leave? Why didn’t they escape? Why didn’t they tell anyone?”

 

Those who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence know that leaving a violent relationship is rarely that easy, so Illinois is working on making that process easier.

 

Think of all of the things that someone has to do to leave a relationship and start a new life for themselves: close bank accounts … Read More

What Crimes Qualify for Record Sealing in Illinois?
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What Crimes Qualify for Record Sealing in Illinois?

Having a criminal record is not an easy burden to bear. Even if you received a not guilty verdict or had your charges dropped or dismissed, charges and arrests remain on your record.

 

Unfortunately, explaining the black marks on your record can erect a serious barrier between you and the job, education, or housing that you want. Worse, criminal records are completely public. All anyone needs to learn all about your past transgressions is an internet connection.

 

Luckily, … Read More

Charges Related to Armed Robbery in Illinois
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Charges Related to Armed Robbery in Illinois

There is not just one charge for each violent crime in Illinois. Assault charges may become aggravated assault charges if certain factors are present. Burglary can be charged as “burglary” or “home invasion” depending on the building where the crime occurred.

 

In this post, we’re going to focus on the different charges in our state that are related to robbery. Since we just wrote about simple robbery charges and the difference between robbery and theft in Illinois, we’re going … Read More

What Amount of Drugs Gets You Charged With Possession in Chicago?
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What Amount of Drugs Gets You Charged With Possession in Chicago?

Less than a year after Governor Rauner decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are looking to make recreational marijuana legal throughout the state.

 

The measure follows the trend throughout the country (except at the federal level) to loosen laws on the drug. Previously, small amounts of marijuana would be considered a class B misdemeanor, and threaten up to six months behind bars. Now, offenders with up to 10 grams will only face a citation.

 

If proposals to … Read More