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Archives for: January 26th, 2020

FAQs About Sealing or Expunging Illinois Juvenile Records

Everyone makes mistakes as a teenager. Unfortunately, some of life’s lessons can follow us into adulthood. Criminal charges from your youth may continue to affect you as an adult and you may not even know it.

For this reason, Illinois legislators offer former offenders the chance for a “do-over” through expungement and record sealing.

These laws are especially lenient if you committed crimes before you turned 18. Today’s post covers some of the most common questions we answer about the [...]

How Illinois Juvenile Convictions Impact College Admissions

Your child has top grades, a slew of extracurriculars, and the SAT/ACT scores they need to get into the school of their dreams. If they also have a juvenile record, though, their chances of getting into college at all are severely compromised.

Did you know that most colleges require applicants to disclose their criminal history, even for offenses committed as a juvenile?

Having any kind of criminal record, even for offenses committed before the age of 18, can severely hamper [...]

My Kid Just Got Charged with a Crime in Chicago — How Can I Help Them?

Most parents fear, on some level, that their children will have a brush with the law. The reality is even good kids do dangerous or stupid things on occasion. If they’re caught, they could face serious legal trouble.

As a parent, your first inclination is to help your child in any way that you can. This is a good approach. However, being informed about the juvenile criminal justice process can help you avoid inadvertently incriminating your child, or unknowingly encouraging [...]

Is Your Illinois Teen At-Risk for Committing a Crime?

How to people learn? By making mistakes.

 

Everyone has to live a little, experiment with their surroundings, and make mistakes in order to learn for themselves how the world works.

 

At no time is this truer than when we are growing up – and as we grow, the potential of those mistakes to be bigger and more impactful grows with us.

 

Which brings us to teenagers. According to all available scientific evidence, teens are primed for this [...]

Important Changes to How Chicago Prosecutes Minor Drug Offenses

 

Although Chicago jails are packed with offenders of low-level drug crimes, the drug crime rate in the city continues to trump national averages. Every month, hundreds of marijuana arrests are made in Cook County alone.

 

As Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez explained to reporters from the Chicago Tribune, “what we are currently doing here in Cook County in handling our low-level drug cases is simply not working”.

 

In an effort to find a more productive approach [...]

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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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