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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

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