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Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

Your Guide to Record Sealing and Expungement in IL: FAQs

Anyone who has been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in Illinois knows that the court process can be complicated. What many people don’t realize is that simply being arrested for a crime can impact your future, even if you’re never found guilty.

How is this possible? Because arrests go on your criminal record.

Criminal records are often inspected when applying for loans, places to live, and even a job. That’s why if you have a criminal record, it’s important [...]

You’ve Been Accused of Shoplifting in IL — How Do You Respond?

Being accused of a crime like shoplifting in Illinois can be jarring. But once you’re over the initial shock, what do you do? Do you run from the store? Do you comply and answer all of their questions? Do you demand the store to call the police so you can clear your name?

Each person may respond differently to a shoplifting accusation, both in good and bad ways. But it’s important for every person to understand what their rights are [...]

What Happens When Minors Sext in Illinois?

The ubiquitous presence of phones and computers in children’s lives has created new social questions for parents, schools, and lawmakers.

One detective in Illinois found that 60% of “sextortion” online comes from peers, not strangers. The other 40%? It comes from internet gaming.

As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, state and national legislation have struggled to keep up with this unusual legal territory.

Initially, states used standard child pornography laws to charge sexting cases. However, the felony penalties often felt [...]

Do You Have to Steal Something to Be Charged with Illinois Burglary?

Burglary is an oft-misunderstood crime.

Take the case of two 14-year-old boys in McHenry, Illinois. The juvenile suspects were arrested for the destruction of the former Just For Fun Roller Rink. The business had closed permanently in late 2020, and the boys started a fire in the empty rink. The flames quickly got out of hand.

One juvenile was charged with arson, burglary, and criminal damage to property, all felonies of varying classes. The other was charged with criminal trespass, [...]

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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

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