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Residential Burglary Conviction Almost Always Results in Prison Time

A charge of residential burglary in Chicago or elsewhere in the state of Illinois means that you stand accused of entering another’s home either by deception or force with the intention of taking property that was owned by another. Consequently, a conviction of such a charge carries with it serious penalties and, almost inevitably, incarceration. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you to avoid the serious consequences involved with a conviction, however, which is why you will [...]

Disorderly Conduct Can Bring Hefty Fines

If you have been arrested in Chicago for disorderly conduct, you could be facing fines upwards of $10,000. In addition, the misdemeanor class that your offense falls into will be dependent upon the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the charge, and the statutes governing that assessment can become complex and confusing. Consequently, it is important that you retain a seasoned defense attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your case and mount an appropriate defense on your behalf.[...]

Cop Allegedly Nabs Burglary Suspect – In Cop’s Home

According to police reports, a Chicago area law enforcement officer allegedly caught a burglary suspect in the act—in the officer’s own condo. The accused is scheduled to appear in court soon for a preliminary hearing, but it was not known if he had yet retained a lawyer to aid in his defense.

 

Although most Chicago burglary cases are not so cut-and-dried in terms of locating the alleged perpetrator, all of them will result in prison time upon conviction. If [...]

Charged with Rape? If Convicted, You Could Face a Sentence of Over 100 Years

If you are convicted of rape in Chicago, you could face a prison sentence that would be longer than a sentence for some murder cases. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you could spend anywhere from six years up to a maximum 120 years behind bars, as well as fines over $20,000. The penalties for rape are some of the most severe in the judicial system, and rightly so. However, if you have been falsely arrested for aggravated criminal [...]

Fifteen May Not Get You Twenty – But the Penalties Are Still Too Severe To Risk

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 [...]

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Cook County Considers Clearing Some Drug Records, Not All

Drug Crimes

Traditionally, drug cases seemed very open and shut. If someone is found with a large manufacturing and delivery operation in Illinois for illegal drugs, then they face some serious legal consequences. Some aspects of drug crimes, however, may be changing.

The State Attorney of Cook County, Kim Foxx, wants to expunge certain crimes from people’s records. Convictions for marijuana are at the top of her list, but so are some crimes involving heroin and cocaine.

Foxx has a vision of [...]

Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Sexual Assault in Illinois

Sex Crimes | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

If you’re ever accused of a sex crime, then it can have a big impact on your life. Even if you’re never convicted, a charge can go on your criminal record and make things difficult for you in the future since it’s public information.

A conviction for a sex crime can also bring about a lot of consequences such as a prison sentence, fines, and registering as a sex offender in Illinois.

There are two sex crimes that are more [...]

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