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Why You Need to Understand Illinois’ Child Abuse Laws
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Why You Need to Understand Illinois’ Child Abuse Laws

Child abuse inflicts severe emotional damage in children that can have lifelong consequences. Because of the grievous nature and devastating consequences of this crime, child abuse and neglect is taken very seriously by law enforcement and the justice system overall.

 

Child abuse offenses are severely punished, usually carrying a prison sentence and hefty fines. Moreover, child abuse charges leave convicted offenders with a criminal record that compromises employment prospects, loans, child custody, and much more.

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What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean
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What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

During this month, there is a call “on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected to violent, intimidating, or controlling behavior at the hands of those closest to them.”

 

While domestic violence is taken seriously in our state and throughout the country, Illinois is currently experiencing a rise in domestic violence homicides, which could be related to state budget cuts.

 

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Do You Qualify for a Cook County Felony Diversion Program?
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Do You Qualify for a Cook County Felony Diversion Program?

Facing a Cook County felony charge? You may be eligible for several different rehabilitation programs that spare you the consequences associated with these types of charges.

Below, we’re going to go into detail on two different programs that may be available to you. See if either of them apply to your situation. If you’re still unsure after reading or you simply want to learn more, feel free to reach out to our office.

 

Deferred Prosecution Program

 

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Should You Take a Plea Bargain for Your Illinois Drug Charge?
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Should You Take a Plea Bargain for Your Illinois Drug Charge?

When someone is charged with a crime on television or in movies, the defendant typically ends up going to trial and a jury either finds them guilty or not guilty. However, while that does happen in the real criminal justice system, most defendants don’t ever actually end up in a dramatic courtroom trial.

 

According to a 2012 New York Times article, “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains.” Said another way, … Read More

What You Need to Know about Illinois Looting Laws
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What You Need to Know about Illinois Looting Laws

The recent natural disasters in Texas and Florida have high costs attached to them. One of the highest costs is due to looting.

 

When Hurricane Harvey passed over Texas, looters allegedly broke into vacated homes and businesses to pilfer valuables. Fourteen individuals were charged with looting in the Houston area only days after the hurricane hit land. They will face additional charges for crimes committed during a crisis, according to a statement by the Harris County District Attorney.

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