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Shootings May Be Down in Chicago, but Murders are Actually Up
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Shootings May Be Down in Chicago, but Murders are Actually Up

When you live in a big city like Chicago, you can’t help but pay attention to the crime rate, specifically the number of shootings and murders you might be exposed to on a regular basis.

 

Although the number of shootings during the first half of this year is down from the number in 2016, the number of murders still isn’t decreasing.

 

From January 1 to June 30, there were 1,385 shootings in Chicago – a 12.1 percent decrease … Read More

What Makes a Domestic Violence Crime Aggravated In Illinois?
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What Makes a Domestic Violence Crime Aggravated In Illinois?

 

If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you need to know the extent of your charges. When does a charge of domestic violence cross over into aggravated domestic violence in Illinois? It depends on the specifics of how the crime occurred and what exactly happened.

 

Non-Aggravated Domestic Violence Charges
 

Domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor when one person commits or threatens violence against a family or household member. Actual physical violence, threats of violence, … Read More

6 Strategies to Use to Fight Illinois Residential Burglary Charges
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6 Strategies to Use to Fight Illinois Residential Burglary Charges

If you are charged with residential burglary, several strategies may be available to help you in getting your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced, or in avoiding conviction at trial. In two recent Illinois cases, a few of these strategies came into play.

 

In one case, a 19-year-old male and a female juvenile had been present at a pool party in Walnut Hill. The two allegedly returned later to steal items and cause property damage. Marion County State’s Attorney Bill … Read More

Four Strategies You Can Use to Fight Your Chicago DUI Charge
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Four Strategies You Can Use to Fight Your Chicago DUI Charge

If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, you should be aware of all potential defenses available to you so that you can help your DUI attorney understand what went on at the time of the arrest and he or she can build the best possible strategy to help you reduce or even completely beat your charges.

 

What’s supposed to happen if you are pulled over for a DUI? First, the traffic stop and arrest has to … Read More

3 Ways to Defend against Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Charges
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3 Ways to Defend against Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

By now, whether you live here in Chicago or anywhere else in the United States, you’ve probably heard that multiple victims have accused Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexual assault.

 

Last year, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison for bank fraud, which was connected to allegations that, over 30 years ago, he sexually abused teenage boys and paid one victim $3.5 million in hush money. The federal judge called him a “serial … Read More