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Facing Assault Charges After a Quarantine Run to Your IL Sam’s Club?

We’re in tough times. People are scared and hunkering down with as much food and toilet paper as they can. So when stores don’t have the supplies that a person needs to keep their family safe, tensions rise.

If you’ve been shopping at grocery stores lately, you might have noticed police standing around. This is because here in Illinois, squad cars have been called to local Sam’s Clubs to enforce social distancing and control any situations that get out of [...]

Assault or Domestic Assault: Where Does Illinois Draw the Line?

Regardless of the circumstances, assault of any kind is considered a violent crime. This criminal offense often results in prison time, and a criminal history of violent crime can impact you far longer than any jail sentence.

That said, Illinois law does charge episodes of assault and battery separately from domestic violence. Additionally, domestic assault convictions usually carry more severe criminal consequences, and are met with a host of civil consequences that could affect many aspects of your daily life.[...]

Spank Your Child, Get an Aggravated Battery Charge in Illinois?

The social attitude toward child discipline has shifted over the last several decades so that many disciplinary actions previously viewed as ordinary are now understood to be harming some of the most vulnerable people in society, and the severity of the penalties and sentencing associated with criminal child abuse charges reflect that. However, the array of punishment varies widely and ultimately depends on the specific actions taken.

 

One topic that remains hotly debated is corporal punishment. Is it effective? [...]

What the Assault Arrest Process Should Look Like in Chicago

Being arrested by a law enforcement officer is something that no one ever wants to experience. The arrest process is, to say the least, unnerving, leaving the accused flustered and more prone to making lapses in judgement. Unfortunately, law enforcement is well aware of this, and officers often take advantage of the situation by tricking the accused into incriminating themselves.

 

If you’re arrested following an alleged assault, you may not necessarily be charged with a crime. In fact, the [...]

Where Is the Line between Self-Defense and Assault in Illinois?

Nearly four years ago, a Chicago police officer shot a teenager 16 times from 10 feet away. The teen had been behaving erratically while walking down the street, and at the time of the shooting was holding a folding knife with a three-inch blade. He did not obey police commands to drop the weapon, and then was shot.

 

The Chicago Police initially ruled the shooting justified. However, dashcam footage released 13 months later revealed that the teen was walking [...]

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IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

Indecent Proposals: IL Man Allegedly Exposes Himself Looking for Sex

Indecent EXposure

It may seem like a harmless thing to relieve yourself in public if no restroom is available or it might seem exciting to get intimate with a partner in public, but both of these things can result in criminal charges in Illinois – criminal charges that have some serious penalties.

In August 2020, a man on Chicago’s Near North Side was reported to police for approaching people and exposing himself, telling them that he was looking for a woman to [...]

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