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Archives for: December 31st, 2017

Understanding the Difference between Illinois Record Sealing and Expungement

Having a criminal record is a difficult burden to bear. Even if you were not convicted, any arrests made or charges brought against you remain on that record for everyone to see. It is a suspicious and embarrassing “black mark” on your record that can’t help but make people look at you in a different light.

 

Unfortunately, background checks are common for employment, housing, college, and loan applications, and any sign of a criminal record severely compromises these prospects. [...]

Linking Domestic Violence to Mass Murder in Illinois Is a Mistake

With several national incidents of mass murders in the headlines this year, a number of reports have appeared alleging that domestic violence is a precursor to mass shootings. The histories of many of the shooters would seem to support this.

 

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November 2017, had a history of domestic violence. In 2012, he was convicted on charges of domestic violence and was dishonorably discharged from the Air [...]

Is Sexual Harassment a Crime in Illinois?

“If you had said to me two weeks ago that a woman was going to say that I had made her uncomfortable and disrespected her in one of these ways I would have said ‘no’ … So, you know, I don’t know. I can’t say.”

 

That’s now-former Minnesota Senator Al Franken responding to a question about whether or not he thought more women would come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

 

To some of you, it [...]

Fight Robbery Charges in Illinois with These Defense Strategies

Robbery is a very serious crime, and in Illinois the charges and consequences associated with it match that seriousness. If convicted, you could face years in prison, hefty fines and a criminal record of violent crime that will living a normal life a lot harder.

 

Fortunately, not all robbery charges lead to a conviction, but if you want to be able to fight back, it is important to understand the laws – which can be quite complex – and [...]

The Best Ways to Defend against Illinois State Drug Trafficking Charges

One of the risks of using illegal drugs is that it is relatively common to also be charged with drug trafficking in addition to possession. Technically, trafficking can apply to any drug amount, but trafficking charges are typically associated with larger quantities.

 

Importantly, even if the drugs were intended for personal use, the type, amount, or weight of the controlled substances in question may lead law enforcement to believe that you are a drug trafficker and press 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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