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Archives for: January 10th, 2014

Can Your Brain Make You Steal?

What would you think if you heard someone who had stolen a car say, “It’s not my fault—my brain made me do it.” While it might sound absurd when phrased that way, that essential argument is one that is being used in more and more criminal defense cases across the country.

 

We’ve all heard of the insanity plea before—a defendant claims that they are not culpable for the crime they committed because they were legally insane at the time [...]

“Repeaters” Need Strong Representation

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 [...]

“If You Do Not Have or Cannot Afford an Attorney …”

Whether from watching television and movies, taking a basic class in U. S. Government, or from actual run-ins with the law, everyone is aware that law enforcement officers must inform a suspect of their rights, including the right to a lawyer. So, if you have been arrested in Chicago and face criminal charges, wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to simply use the defense attorney that can be supplied by the courts?

 

The reality is that although there are [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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