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How to Protect Yourself and Fight against White Collar Charges
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How to Protect Yourself and Fight against White Collar Charges

Just because a crime doesn’t involve violence, that doesn’t mean the penalties will be any less severe.

 

If you commit a white collar crime – a nonviolent, financially motivated crime such as fraud, embezzlement, bribery, money laundering, forgery, and others – you could be punished with a number of consequences, including:

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Expensive fines as high as $1 million for certain offenses such as bank fraud
Lengthy prison sentences
Restitution – paying back the money you appropriated for yourself

How to Handle It If You are Falsely Accused of Shoplifting in Illinois
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How to Handle It If You are Falsely Accused of Shoplifting in Illinois

Being falsely accused of a crime like shoplifting can be confusing and unsettling, and you may not know what to do. How do you fight back against the word of a store manager or security personnel? What kind of evidence can help your case? What are your rights?

 

Unfortunately, this isn’t just some imaginary “what if” scenario. False shoplifting accusations occur all the time.

 

Case-in-point? Last year, a 12-year-old girl and her 13-year-old friend were falsely accused of … Read More

Drug Asset Forfeiture Is Changing in Illinois
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Drug Asset Forfeiture Is Changing in Illinois

Asset forfeiture has recently come under scrutiny in our country. Many police officers are abusing their power and seizing assets from people of color and those with lower incomes as opposed to large-scale drug enterprises, which is why the law was passed in the first place.

 

Luckily, our state – along with numerous other states – is seeking to reform these unfair laws that violate a person’s due process rights.

 

Let’s first look at what happens during asset … Read More

Five of the Most Common Juvenile Crimes in Chicago
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Five of the Most Common Juvenile Crimes in Chicago

Most teenagers rebel to some extent, and many are involved in petty crimes to some degree. Unfortunately, that probably won’t bring you much comfort if you get a call that your son or daughter has been arrested or a cops knocks on your door with them in tow.

 

If your child has been charged with a crime, it can’t help but be a stressful and nerve-racking experience. As a parent, you have your child’s best interests at heart, and … Read More

Shootings May Be Down in Chicago, but Murders are Actually Up
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Shootings May Be Down in Chicago, but Murders are Actually Up

When you live in a big city like Chicago, you can’t help but pay attention to the crime rate, specifically the number of shootings and murders you might be exposed to on a regular basis.

 

Although the number of shootings during the first half of this year is down from the number in 2016, the number of murders still isn’t decreasing.

 

From January 1 to June 30, there were 1,385 shootings in Chicago – a 12.1 percent decrease … Read More