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Category: Assault & Battery
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Facebook live “torture” video. The video, which was broadcast live on Facebook, showed four teenagers beating, gagging, and torturing a teen with mental disabilities. The four were arrested after a neighbor made a noise complaint, and police believe the victim was tied up for four to five hours that day.
Currently, the accused teens are being held in jail without bail. Earlier [...]
It’s no secret that Chicago has a serious problem with violent crimes, but certain neighborhoods have a history of being more dangerous than others.
This year, the city has witnessed a particularly high rate of assault and battery crimes, with a majority of these crimes concentrated in certain areas. In Illinois, assault is considered to be behavior that creates the threat or fear of bodily harm or unwanted physical contact, while battery is conduct that actually causes bodily harm [...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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 [...]
July 23, 2021
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 [...]
July 17, 2021
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 [...]