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Archives for: July 31st, 2018

What an Illinois DUI Conviction Will Really Cost You

The cost of a taxi or rideshare home can get pretty pricey – even in a big city like Chicago. At the end of the night, it may sound cost-effective to wait a half hour to sober up and then drive home. In the long run, though, a DUI conviction will end up costing you way more.

 

Below we’re going to go over those costs – both in terms of penalties and in hard dollar amounts.

 

Penalties for[...]

Illinois Domestic Violence: Does It Really Increase in the Summer?

 

Do acts of domestic violence occur more frequently in the summer? In this post, we’ll provide research looking into this very question and let you know how to get help if you are facing charges.

 

Domestic Violence Over the Summer in Illinois – What We Know and What Experts Think

 

Evidence is mixed on whether domestic violence increases during the summer months. Let’s look at both the known facts and possible contributing factors.

 

Facts about domestic [...]

Residential Burglary or Home Invasion: An Important Distinction in IL

What’s the difference between residential burglary and home invasion? We’ll describe the legal differences and penalties in this post, then explain how a skilled Illinois criminal attorney can help you fight your charges.

 

Let’s start by looking at a recent case.

 

Recent Home Burglary Case in Wilmette

 

A Wilmette woman was recently arrested on three felony charges for home burglary incidents.

 

One home on Leyden Lane was allegedly burglarized on June 29. The homeowner was a [...]

What Is the Legal Status of CBD Oil in Illinois?

CBD oil, which is short for cannabidiol oil, is a cannabinoid extract that has many of the health benefits of medical marijuana (for example, pain relief and anxiety management), but does not have psychoactive effects.

 

The legality of CBD oil is complex and often murky. This leaves many Chicagoans concerned about its legal status, but more importantly contributes to unregulated production of CBD oil that may be unsafe for consumption.

 

Fortunately, a new bill being introduced into Illinois [...]

How Penalties for Sexual Assault Work in Illinois

Sexual assault penalties often make headlines for not being tough enough. The six-month sentence assigned to Brock Turner, for example, caused rage throughout the country. Compare that to two men from Illinois who were recently sentenced to 18 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman who was barely conscious.

 

A third man was involved the sexual assault case, and has not been sentenced yet. Will he get 18 years behind bars as well? The answer will only come [...]

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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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