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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 Mandatory Minimums for Drug Trafficking Work in Illinois

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Being charged with possession of illegal substances is not something to be taken lightly, but it could land you in especially hot water if you’re convicted in the state of Illinois.

Why? Because Illinois courts enforce mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking, and you can be charged with drug trafficking based on the amount of substance in your possession (even if you didn’t intend to distribute it) due to state laws.

Often associated with federal courts and accused of targeting [...]

Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Aggravated Domestic Battery | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

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