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Archives for: June 20th, 2018

Why You Should Get Your Illinois Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged

There are many reasons why you should get your Illinois criminal record sealed or expunged, even for misdemeanor convictions. In this post, we’ll detail why this will benefit you and how a knowledgeable attorney can help.

 

Benefits to Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records in Illinois

 

You may not think that a prior misdemeanor conviction will have much impact on your life. Also, you may not know if record sealing will make a difference – but it really does.[...]

Strategies to Use to Fight Your Illinois Burglary Charges   

Burglary charges are more than just a case of theft. Even a minor burglary charge is a felony crime in Illinois, and the most severe cases could be a Class 1 felony. A conviction may lead to the loss of certain rights, jail time, and heavy fines.

 

Thankfully, if you have recently been charged with burglary, you have options for fighting these charges and avoiding a felony conviction. Below, we’re going to cover several different potential defenses that a [...]

Morocco Omari and the Stigma of Chicago Domestic Battery Charges

Former Empire actor Morocco Omari recently fought a battle with domestic violence charges. What happened?

 

Omari, 46, was arrested in April 2017 for misdemeanor domestic battery. That month, a 24-year-old woman who claimed to be Omari’s girlfriend told police that he had pushed her during an argument and caused injuries.

 

The woman is from North Carolina and was visiting Chicago for the first time in April 2017. She claimed he assaulted her after she insulted him in his [...]

Illinois Property Crimes and Their Associated Penalties

There are all kinds of illegal acts that fall under the umbrella of “property crimes” in Illinois, and not all of them are created equal. Depending on what you are accused of doing, you may face a misdemeanor or a felony, and consequences vary quite a bit as well.

 

Below, we’re going to detail the most common property crimes in Illinois and their associated penalties.

 

Acts that Illinois Defines as Property Crimes

 

Arson

A person commits arson [...]

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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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