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What Crimes Qualify for Record Sealing in Illinois?
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What Crimes Qualify for Record Sealing in Illinois?

Having a criminal record is not an easy burden to bear. Even if you received a not guilty verdict or had your charges dropped or dismissed, charges and arrests remain on your record.

 

Unfortunately, explaining the black marks on your record can erect a serious barrier between you and the job, education, or housing that you want. Worse, criminal records are completely public. All anyone needs to learn all about your past transgressions is an internet connection.

 

Luckily, … Read More

Charges Related to Armed Robbery in Illinois
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Charges Related to Armed Robbery in Illinois

There is not just one charge for each violent crime in Illinois. Assault charges may become aggravated assault charges if certain factors are present. Burglary can be charged as “burglary” or “home invasion” depending on the building where the crime occurred.

 

In this post, we’re going to focus on the different charges in our state that are related to robbery. Since we just wrote about simple robbery charges and the difference between robbery and theft in Illinois, we’re going … Read More

What Amount of Drugs Gets You Charged With Possession in Chicago?
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What Amount of Drugs Gets You Charged With Possession in Chicago?

Less than a year after Governor Rauner decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are looking to make recreational marijuana legal throughout the state.

 

The measure follows the trend throughout the country (except at the federal level) to loosen laws on the drug. Previously, small amounts of marijuana would be considered a class B misdemeanor, and threaten up to six months behind bars. Now, offenders with up to 10 grams will only face a citation.

 

If proposals to … Read More

The Future of Title IX Violations and Consequences
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The Future of Title IX Violations and Consequences

With Betsy DeVos, school-choice champion and critic of public education, now in charge of the Department of Education, there’s a good chance that a lot of things are going to change about how our children are educated and how laws are interpreted in schools.

 

One law that has gotten a lot of attention recently? Title IX. When asked about examining Title IX in her confirmation hearing, DeVos wasn’t able to give a “yes” or “no” answer on whether she … Read More

Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs
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Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs

The debate over drug crimes in America still invokes big emotions, and can bring progress to a standstill amongst lawmakers. You may have seen the news reports last month about Illinois lawmakers who failed to move a bill forward due to its attempt to shorten drug sentences.

 

Well, that bill has since been amended, and now it may move forward to the governor’s desk within the next few weeks.

 

What Exactly Does the Bill Propose?

 

SB1722 was originally … Read More