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How Do I Know If My IL Crime Can Be Charged at the Federal Level?
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How Do I Know If My IL Crime Can Be Charged at the Federal Level?

How will you know if your Illinois offense will be charged as a federal crime?

 

The short answer: for the most part, you don’t.

 

Technically, any act that violates a federal law can be tried at the federal level – and most of the laws of our state have their own federal versions. However, in practice it is actually the state which generally decides how an act will be charged.

 

How so?

 

Because it is the … Read More

Illinois Burglary Charges: The Importance of “Intent”
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Illinois Burglary Charges: The Importance of “Intent”

In Illinois, it is a crime to enter a building or structure without authorization and with the intent of committing a crime once inside, whether that place is a residence, business, school, public facility, place of worship, or even a vehicle.

 

This criminal act is charged as burglary or residential burglary in our state. Importantly, you do not need to commit a crime or even attempt to commit a crime after gaining entry, so long as the prosecution can … Read More

The Psychology of Chicago Domestic Violence and Your Defense
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The Psychology of Chicago Domestic Violence and Your Defense

Over 1,000 women are murdered each year in America due to domestic violence. It is an epidemic that affects men, women, and families regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion, or family structure, creating a traumatic experience for every member of the family, whether they are a victim, witness, or abuser.

 

If you are charged and convicted, you face jail time, heavy fines, and other penalties that can seriously affect your ability to lead a productive life, be a parent, … Read More

Can You Get Off the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?
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Can You Get Off the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?

In 1996, a database was created by the FBI to keep tabs on convicted sex offenders. Registration into this database consisted of individuals who had been convicted of:

Predatory sexual actions
Sexual offense against children and minors
Sexually violent acts

The database was thus named the sex offender registry, and its purpose was to monitor sex offenders to prevent them from hurting other people – especially children.

 

Over time, the sex offender registry has become much more than just … Read More

Spank Your Child, Get an Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois?
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Spank Your Child, Get an Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois?

The social attitude toward child discipline has shifted over the last several decades so that many disciplinary actions previously viewed as ordinary are now understood to be harming some of the most vulnerable people in society, and the severity of the penalties and sentencing associated with criminal child abuse charges reflect that. However, the array of punishment varies widely and ultimately depends on the specific actions taken.

 

One topic that remains hotly debated is corporal punishment. Is it effective? … Read More