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Assault or Domestic Assault: Where Does Illinois Draw the Line?
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Assault or Domestic Assault: Where Does Illinois Draw the Line?

Regardless of the circumstances, assault of any kind is considered a violent crime. This criminal offense often results in prison time, and a criminal history of violent crime can impact you far longer than any jail sentence.

 

That said, Illinois law does charge episodes of assault and battery separately from domestic violence. Additionally, domestic assault convictions usually carry more severe criminal consequences, and are met with a host of civil consequences that could affect many aspects of your daily … Read More

Charged With Auto Theft in Illinois? Here’s What You Should Do
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Charged With Auto Theft in Illinois? Here’s What You Should Do

When charged with auto theft in Illinois, you may find yourself facing felony-level penalties — up to 15 years imprisonment and fines capping at $100,000.

 

Unless you’re okay with more than a decade behind bars and fines that amount to financial ruin, it’s imperative you take any auto theft charge you face very seriously.

 

Your first step is to educate yourself about the laws surrounding auto theft in Illinois, and potential defenses against these charges. Then, find an … Read More

Illinois Takes Prescription Drug Crimes Seriously — Know the Law
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Illinois Takes Prescription Drug Crimes Seriously — Know the Law

The fact that prescription drugs can be obtained legally from a pharmacy has given rise to two widely believed myths:  One, the drugs are somehow less dangerous than other illicit drugs. The other, law enforcement takes their illicit handling less seriously.

 

The reality is, prescription drug abuse can be deadly, and law enforcement is only one of a host of agencies and organizations now paying close attention.

 

If there is any potential you could be accused, you’re going … Read More

Revenge Porn: What Happens If You Get Charged in Illinois?
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Revenge Porn: What Happens If You Get Charged in Illinois?

We use computers and smartphones for almost everything in modern society. This has affected many aspects of society, including criminal activity.

 

The advent of smartphones with high-definition cameras has increased the incidence of “revenge porn,” a crime in which the defendant posts online or otherwise distributes private sexual images of the victim without the victim’s consent.

 

Below, we provide a guide to revenge porn, including how Illinois defines and prosecutes the crime, civil actions faced by some defendants, … Read More

Can IL Property Crimes Become Violent Crimes? What’s the Difference?
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Can IL Property Crimes Become Violent Crimes? What’s the Difference?

Property crimes are some of the most common criminal offenses in Chicago. Property crime convictions are also ones that carry serious criminal consequences.

 

That said, facing conviction of a violent crime – one which involves the use of force or threat of force against another – can result in a punishment longer lasting and far more severe. This is generally because these crimes are considered to present a threat to public safety.

 

Sometimes, the two overlap.

 

An … Read More