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Sealing Your IL Criminal Record: An Alternative Option to Expungement

If you’ve got a criminal record, then you know what a big impact it can have on your life. Criminal records can affect everything from employment to housing — they can even make it difficult to secure loans for schooling.

Luckily, for anyone who has been convicted of certain crimes involving marijuana in Illinois, there may be a beacon of hope. Now that recreational use is legal in the state, nearly 800,000 previous offenders will be eligible to clear their [...]

Illinois’ Law of Accountability: What Is It? Why Does It Matter?

You may think if you don’t actually commit a crime that you’re free and clear under the law. That’s not necessarily true.

In Illinois, the Law of Accountability can lead to the arrest and conviction of someone based on the theory of accountability. How is this possible? Read on more to find out about this law and why it matters in criminal court cases.

What is Illinois’ Law of Accountability?

Under the law in Illinois, someone can be held legally [...]

What Makes My Illinois Sex Crime Charges Aggravated?

If you are charged with a sex crime in Illinois, then you’re facing some significant legal consequences.

Most sex crime convictions require the defendant to register as a sex offender which will make your criminal history available to the public. Your registration will come up every time you look for a job or try to secure housing.

This is part of the reason it is so critical to understand the charges you are facing when charged with a sex crime. [...]

Illinois Battery Charges: When the Assault was “Complete”

“Assault and battery.” You’ve probably heard this phrase on shows about law enforcement or violent crimes.

These two terms are paired together so often that they almost sound like the same crime. The truth about assault and battery in Illinois may come as a surprise to you, though. One of these crimes is more “serious” than the other.

At first glance, “assault” appears to be the more serious of the two crimes. You may have heard “assault” used to reference [...]

Don’t Let the Full Chicago Driveways Tempt You to Steal

Unemployment has hit Illinois hard. As the state works through its plan to tackle COVID-19, many people have been left without jobs.

Many of those who have managed to maintain their jobs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been working from home. This is good because it keeps people from coming into contact with one another, but it also leaves the door open for a number of other crimes.

With some people out of work and many working from home, more [...]

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Half a Million Illinois Cannabis Cases Expunged

Expungement | Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana in Illinois has led to some amazing things for residents of the state. Chief among them? Thousands of cannabis offenders who have had their records expunged due to marijuana’s legalization in the state.

WGN has reported that Governor Pritzker recently announced that almost 500,000 criminal cannabis cases are now eligible for expungement and forgiveness.

Illinois’ governor issued a pardon for nearly 10,000 cannabis convictions while the State Police wiped the records clean of 492,000 non-felony cannabis [...]

Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

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