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Archives for: March 2nd, 2021

From Chicago Drive-bys to Breaking Up Fights — 9 Murders in Two Weeks

Chicago sees its fair share of gun violence and murder, and February of 2021 has so far been no different. From Chicago drive-bys to breaking up fights there were nine murders reported in a span of just two weeks.

In fact, in one weekend alone in early February, there were 22 hurt and 4 dead from gun violence. One 42-year-old man was simply trying to stop a fight when he was shot to death. Another man was killed in a [...]

Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Murder or Manslaughter — What’s the Difference in Illinois?

Killing someone is the most grievous offense one person can commit against another. At the same time, not all homicides are equal in the eyes of the law.

Some are considered murder, which can be punishable by life imprisonment in Illinois, while others are considered manslaughter, which can carry a prison term typically under 10 years. Chicago is no stranger to either of these, unfortunately.

What is the difference? The element of intent.

Murder is defined as the intentional killing [...]

Chicago Homicides Are Only Down In Some Neighborhoods

It’s never a bad thing when the crime rate drops in your city, and that’s especially true when the crime in question is homicide. Few criminal acts are more devastating than intentionally taking someone’s life, because there’s no way to take it back and no chance of recovery. Victims expand well beyond the person who dies to their friends, family members, and even their community. Perhaps that’s why Chicago city officials were so quick to trot out the FBI’s most [...]

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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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