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Murder or Manslaughter — What’s the Difference in Illinois?
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Murder or Manslaughter — What’s the Difference in Illinois?

Killing someone is the most grievous offense one person can commit against another. At the same time, not all homicides are equal in the eyes of the law.

 

Some are considered murder, which can be punishable by life imprisonment in Illinois, while others are considered manslaughter, which can carry a prison term typically under 10 years. Chicago is no stranger to either of these, unfortunately.

 

What is the difference? The element of intent.

 

Murder is defined as … Read More

Chicago DUI Charges: A Prom Memory Your Teen Doesn’t Want
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Chicago DUI Charges: A Prom Memory Your Teen Doesn’t Want

Prom and graduation season is upon us. Unfortunately, teen drunk driving tends to increase this time of year – as do law enforcement efforts to prevent it.

 

Both of these annual events are known for “booze-fueled revelry,” and while getting behind the wheel under the influence is always a dangerous decision that can lead to serious or fatal injuries (and serious legal consequences), this is far truer for inexperienced drivers.

 

In fact, car crashes are the leading cause … Read More

Embezzlement in Illinois: What You Should Know
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Embezzlement in Illinois: What You Should Know

Embezzlement is a form of white collar crime which may be punishable by lengthy prison sentences, exorbitant fines, and restitution. Despite these serious criminal consequences, embezzlement is sadly fairly common here in Illinois.

 

Take, for example, the former mayor of Posen. He was recently indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing money from the city’s checking account during his final two years in office, from 2015 to 2016. The indictment does not report how much the former mayor allegedly stole, … Read More

Theft, Shoplifting, and the Two Felony Thresholds in Illinois
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Theft, Shoplifting, and the Two Felony Thresholds in Illinois

Petty theft and shoplifting are some of the most common criminal offenses. Because of this, you might think that the penalties would be minor.

 

However, a theft or shoplifting charge is actually quite serious – especially in Illinois.

 

Theft and shoplifting are penalized based on the value of goods allegedly stolen. Both offenses can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, with felony-level offenses having much more severe consequences. A felony-level offense is almost always punishable … Read More

Your Rights against Search and Seizure on IL Public Transportation
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Your Rights against Search and Seizure on IL Public Transportation

If a police officer comes to your home to interview you, he or she may ask to enter and conduct a search.

 

Legally, you have the right to say no unless the officer has a search warrant or has reason to believe that you are harboring a suspect they are immediately pursuing. You can and should exercise this right, even if you feel that you have nothing to hide.

 

You have this right because law enforcement officers may … Read More