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What Is the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Theft Offenses?
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What Is the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Theft Offenses?

As time passes, it can become more and more difficult to provide clear, definitive evidence that a crime did or didn’t happen. Because of this, Illinois has created a statute of limitations for most criminal offenses – including theft. After a preset amount of time, you are no longer legally able to be charged with a crime.

 

Today, we’re going to share some general rules of thumb for the Illinois statutes of limitations in theft-related crimes, detail several specific … Read More

Ways You Can Be Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in IL
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Ways You Can Be Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in IL

In December 2018, a 19-year-old man from East St. Louis was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.

 

Now, that sounds really bad – and it is – but what exactly does “aggravated criminal sexual abuse” mean? What does someone have to do to be convicted of this sex crime?

 

How serious are the consequences?

 

In this post, we’re going to dive into the nuts and bolts of this law, focusing on what acts … Read More

Mass Incarceration for IL Drug Crimes Are Real, but Just Part of Problem
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Mass Incarceration for IL Drug Crimes Are Real, but Just Part of Problem

Whether you are a police officer, a criminal defense lawyer, or someone who is facing violent crime charges, we can all agree: America has a prison problem.

 

How big is the problem? While our country has just under 5% of the world’s population, we account for 22% of the world’s prison population.

 

Why?

 

In recent years, a lot of fingers have pointed at The War on Drugs and federal drug crime laws. After all, half of the … Read More

What the Assault Arrest Process Should Look Like in Chicago
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What the Assault Arrest Process Should Look Like in Chicago

Being arrested by a law enforcement officer is something that no one ever wants to experience. The arrest process is, to say the least, unnerving, leaving the accused flustered and more prone to making lapses in judgement. Unfortunately, law enforcement is well aware of this, and officers often take advantage of the situation by tricking the accused into incriminating themselves.

 

If you’re arrested following an alleged assault, you may not necessarily be charged with a crime. In fact, the … Read More

Chicago Domestic Violence Charge? But You Were Just Defending Yourself
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Chicago Domestic Violence Charge? But You Were Just Defending Yourself

Have you been charged with domestic violence in Chicago, even though you were simply defending yourself? In this post we’re going to explain the double-edged sword of self-defense – how it can sometimes lead to charges, and how you may be able to use it to fight back against your charges in certain circumstances.

 

 

How Self-Defense Can Lead to an Illinois Domestic Violence Charge

 

If you act in self-defense, it should always be justified—right?

 

Unfortunately, it’s … Read More