There used to be a crass saying in the dating world of young men that “fifteen will get you twenty.” The meaning was that if you were dating a 15-year-old, she was young enough to earn you jail time – the equivalent of 20 years worth – if her parents wanted to press statutory rape charges. Although the 20-year figure was a bit over the top, the fact remains that if you are charged in Chicago with aggravated criminal sexual [...]
If you are convicted of a weapons charge in Chicago, the penalties can be severe, even if you are a first time offender. The problem is that you could end up with a criminal record without ever having had criminal intent at all. The weapons laws governing the area, and the entire state of Illinois, are so complex that you could inadvertently be in violation of weapons laws without realizing it. In fact, the laws can become so complicated that [...]
A recent situation in the area highlights how relatively easy it is for someone to make a criminal accusation that is untrue. If you are ever faced with such a situation, a knowledgeable, experienced criminal lawyer in Chicago will be your most valuable asset as you attempt to defend yourself and protect your rights and freedom.
The incident in question occurred when a woman filed a report of sexual assault with the police. She claimed that she had been [...]
If you are facing felony charges in Chicago, the penalties you will face if convicted are severe. Inevitably, it will involve incarceration, often for many years—possibly for life. If you are released from prison, probation will be involved, and your entire future will be damaged. You will face scrutiny at every turn and will have trouble getting employment, housing, or loans. This is why it is so important to have a skillful and aggressive Chicago criminal lawyer at your side [...]
If you are facing charges in Chicago and you have a previous criminal history, only a tough, smart, and aggressive Chicago criminal attorney can obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Despite the familiar refrain that anyone accused of a crime is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, if you have a previous history of arrests, the implicit presumption made by law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and juries will likely be that you are guilty again.
The judicial [...]