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Category: Assault & Battery

When a Plea Agreement May Be the Best Option in an Assault Case

Self-defense and defense of others are two arguments that are sometimes used to prove that an individual is not guilty of assault. However, the effectiveness of these defenses depend heavily upon the circumstances of each unique case and the defendant’s ability to show that any reasonable person would have perceived a threat in the same situation and that the only way to stop the threat was by using force. When it is not likely that the defendant will be able [...]

3 Popular Assault Myths, Debunked

There’s a divide between the common perception of assault and its definition under Illinois criminal law. As a result, some defendants are surprised to find that their actions have resulted in an assault charge and are unsure what, if anything, they can do to avoid a conviction.

 

In order to clarify this often confusing charge, I’m going to discuss three of the most common assault myths that I encounter as a Chicago assault lawyer.

 

Myth 1: Physical Contact[...]

Preventing Fraud in the Digital World: Is that Even Possible?

The digital age we currently live in makes it so much easier for criminals to steal from us, and with far less risk.Equipped with high-tech devices, software, and the proper knowledge, sophisticated criminals are raking in an astounding $3.5 trillion every year – money lost globally to online fraud. Cloud computing, the rise of smartphones, and the ever-increasing popularity of social networks – all essential aspects to a hyper-connected community – are considerably easing fraudsters’ work.

 

While classic techniques [...]

Disorderly Conduct Can Bring Hefty Fines

If you have been arrested in Chicago for disorderly conduct, you could be facing fines upwards of $10,000. In addition, the misdemeanor class that your offense falls into will be dependent upon the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the charge, and the statutes governing that assessment can become complex and confusing. Consequently, it is important that you retain a seasoned defense attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your case and mount an appropriate defense on your behalf.[...]

Charged with Rape? If Convicted, You Could Face a Sentence of Over 100 Years

If you are convicted of rape in Chicago, you could face a prison sentence that would be longer than a sentence for some murder cases. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you could spend anywhere from six years up to a maximum 120 years behind bars, as well as fines over $20,000. The penalties for rape are some of the most severe in the judicial system, and rightly so. However, if you have been falsely arrested for aggravated criminal [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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