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Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been hit with a domestic violence charge, there are probably many important questions running through your mind…and for good reason.

These charges not only have serious criminal and civil implications but can also permanently damage your reputation.

We’ve put together a guide covering the questions we’re frequently asked regarding domestic violence charges, and what you can do to protect your rights during this trying time.

What Is Domestic Battery According to Illinois Law?

A: Battery is physical harm [...]

Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

Halloween Activities Most Likely to Get Your Chicago Teen Arrested

Halloween has never been a time to be on your best behavior. Running around the neighborhood at night, pulling pranks, and dressing up in scary costumes are all part of the Halloween tradition. As with any sort of mischief, though, teens can quickly take the spirit of the holiday too far.

Because of this, it’s not uncommon for misguided Halloween pranks and actual state crimes to overlap – probably more than you or your teen even realize. To avoid surprise [...]

Criminal Sexual Abuse: The One Misdemeanor Sex Crime in Illinois

Once one of the most popular singers in the world, R. Kelly is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons. While rumors about Mr. Kelly’s misconduct have been around for years, he has never been convicted of any crimes.

This could all change when he goes to trial over the latest allegations against him in April and May of 2020. Facing multiple charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse within the State of Illinois, as well as 18 federal counts [...]

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FAQs About Sealing or Expunging Illinois Juvenile Records

Expungement / Sealing Records | Juvenile Crimes

Everyone makes mistakes as a teenager. Unfortunately, some of life’s lessons can follow us into adulthood. Criminal charges from your youth may continue to affect you as an adult and you may not even know it.

For this reason, Illinois legislators offer former offenders the chance for a “do-over” through expungement and record sealing.

These laws are especially lenient if you committed crimes before you turned 18. Today’s post covers some of the most common questions we answer about the [...]

Tax Time Is Almost Here – Could You Accidentally Commit Fraud in IL?

Tax Fraud | Fraud

Everyone dreads tax time. Even if you’re owed a nice rebate, the hassle of preparing your income tax returns is a headache, and most of us put it off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful when preparing your tax returns, you could face something far more serious than missing a portion of your refund: income tax fraud charges. Individual slip-ups typically fall into the category of negligence rather than fraud, but even seemingly harmless white lies can [...]

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