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Archives for: January 7th, 2021

How Two IL Traffic Violations Can Become Class 4 Felonies

Illinois has seen the passage of a few new laws in 2020, including two new traffic violations that could lead to some serious legal trouble.

Scott’s Law, as well as a law surrounding watching videos while driving, are two traffic violations that are now far more serious than they were before. Here’s what you need to know about these laws and how to ensure you don’t break them.

Scott’s Law

Scott’s Law, also called the “Move Over” Law, was named [...]

What Is a Forcible Felony?

Any felony-level charge is quite serious, as felonies carry lengthy prison sentences and restrictions to your freedom even after your sentence has been served and your case is closed.

However, there is an even more serious class of felony, known in the state of Illinois as forcible felonies. Offenders of this type are considered an immediate threat to the public.

Therefore, in order to protect potential future victims, offenders convicted of forcible felonies face a considerable number of restrictions. For [...]

Permanent Residents Can Be Deported if Convicted of Crimes

For many people who have immigrated to the United States, permanent residency is a big step toward the path to citizenship. Once an individual has been classified a legal permanent resident, he or she has officially been granted authorization to live and work in the United States indefinitely. This generally means that he or she no longer has to fear deportation, because the individual is officially and securely recognized as belonging in the United States.

That is, of course, unless [...]

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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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