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Archives for: July 1st, 2021

You’ve Been Accused of Shoplifting in IL — How Do You Respond?

Being accused of a crime like shoplifting in Illinois can be jarring. But once you’re over the initial shock, what do you do? Do you run from the store? Do you comply and answer all of their questions? Do you demand the store to call the police so you can clear your name?

Each person may respond differently to a shoplifting accusation, both in good and bad ways. But it’s important for every person to understand what their rights are [...]

Theft, Shoplifting, and the Two Felony Thresholds in Illinois

Petty theft and shoplifting are some of the most common criminal offenses. Because of this, you might think that the penalties would be minor.

However, a theft or shoplifting charge is actually quite serious – especially in Illinois.

Theft and shoplifting are penalized based on the value of goods allegedly stolen. Both offenses can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, with felony-level offenses having much more severe consequences. A felony-level offense is almost always punishable by jail [...]

How to Defend Someone Who Has Admitted Guilt

Picture this: It’s a chilly winter’s evening in Chicago, and Michigan Ave. is aglow with Christmas lights and bright storefront windows. Snowflakes melt on the ruddy cheeks of shoppers as they bustle down the street with their arms full of bags, laughing as they make their way to the CTA station.

 

Everything’s peaceful and serene until suddenly—a siren goes off, and someone darts out of a high-end store holding an expensive necklace. Unfortunately for this person—let’s call him “Frank”—there’s [...]

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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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