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Strategies to Use to Fight Your Illinois Burglary Charges   

Burglary charges are more than just a case of theft. Even a minor burglary charge is a felony crime in Illinois, and the most severe cases could be a Class 1 felony. A conviction may lead to the loss of certain rights, jail time, and heavy fines.

 

Thankfully, if you have recently been charged with burglary, you have options for fighting these charges and avoiding a felony conviction. Below, we’re going to cover several different potential defenses that a [...]

Illinois Property Crimes and Their Associated Penalties

There are all kinds of illegal acts that fall under the umbrella of “property crimes” in Illinois, and not all of them are created equal. Depending on what you are accused of doing, you may face a misdemeanor or a felony, and consequences vary quite a bit as well.

 

Below, we’re going to detail the most common property crimes in Illinois and their associated penalties.

 

Acts that Illinois Defines as Property Crimes

 

Arson

A person commits arson [...]

Will Two Counts of Residential Burglary in Chicago Double Your Sentence?

Recently, there have been a number of residential burglary charges filed in Chicago where the defendants were hit with multiple counts.

 

What does that mean?

 

In this post, we’ll describe the residential burglary laws in Illinois and their penalties – including how multiple counts work, and what you can do to protect your rights if you are charged with this crime.

 

First let’s look a couple of those recent cases.

 

Recent Chicago Burglary Cases

 

In [...]

Illinois Police Using Facebook to Catch Burglary Suspects

Technology has changed how police officers do their jobs in ways big and small, and for the most part this is a good thing. The more technology that is available to law enforcement officers, the more likely it is that they (along with the community at large) will be able to catch a criminal.

 

One example of how the police of today use technology: when was the last time you noticed a “Wanted” poster hung up around town? Probably [...]

How “Burglary Tools” Can Lead to Additional Charges

If you are arrested for burglary, the police will most likely go through the possessions you have on hand or in your vehicle to return any items that you stole. During this search, law enforcement may also find reasons to charge you with additional crimes.

 

How so?

 

Burglary is a class 2 felony in Illinois. But possession of burglary tools is a completely separate charge – a class 4 felony.

 

In other words, if the police arrest [...]

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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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