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When Can Trespassing Land You Felony Charges in IL?

“No Trespassing” signs are everywhere. The frequency with which people see them may mean people don’t take them as seriously as they should. Still, trespassing is a serious crime.

In fact, in Illinois, there are some scenarios where trespassing can result in felony charges. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Trespassing in Illinois?

In Illinois, there are two types of trespassing: criminal and civil. In a situation involving civil trespass, a person may refuse to leave a place [...]

Did You Know Strangulation Can Aggravate an IL Battery Charge?

It isn’t uncommon for disagreements and arguments to sometimes become violent. When these incidents are serious enough, then typically someone within earshot (or closer) will call the police. Usually, the result is criminal charges for one or both of the parties involved.

The thing is, when there’s actual physical contact, there’s also a line between simple battery and an aggravated charge — one that can be ultrafine depending on what happened.

Strangulation, for instance, will automatically aggravate a battery charge. [...]

2020 Holiday Guidelines Don’t Change on IL Drinking and Driving

This year has flipped every rulebook on its head. The ways that we go to work, order food, go to the grocery store, and meet up with friends have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work happy hours now take place online and rideshares appear to be more dangerous than safe. One thing has stayed the same, however: you cannot drink and drive in Illinois.

Don’t Let a Post-COVID World Tempt You to Drive Drunk

Earlier this month, Illinois’s [...]

Does Rehabilitation Work for Illinois Child Sexual Predators?

Child predators are regularly featured on the news as some of the worst criminals out there. They are depicted as not only committing the crime of sexual assault but also as predators hunting the most vulnerable population.

Of course, sexual predators are defined as people who have “committed a sexually violent offense and especially likely to commit more sexual offenses.” Essentially, by definition, a sexual predator is likely to continue to harm people again and again.

Still, the biggest question [...]

Personal Cannabis Possession Is Legal in IL… Just Not 600lbs of It

As of the beginning of 2020, it is legal to sell and buy cannabis in Illinois. The state has followed in the path of California and Colorado and made it legal to produce and sell cannabis for medical and recreational consumption in limited quantities.

While many people find this exciting, some are taking it a little too far. For example, a pair of men in Bureau County was recently arrested for possessing more than 600 pounds of cannabis.

Personal possession [...]

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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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