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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 [...]

Burglary vs. Trespassing: What’s the Difference in Illinois?

There are many kinds of property crimes in Illinois (trespassing, burglary, robbery, and so on), and sometimes only a single intention or action distinguishes one from another.

 

But each crime has its own set of penalties and appropriate defense strategies; if you are charged with any kind of property crime, it is important to know what the charge consists of so you can work with a criminal attorney to begin crafting a strong, effective defense.

 

In this post, [...]

Types of Burglary Charges in Illinois

Most people think of burglary as sneaking into a building to steal something. But while that’s true, our state actually has laws for a number of related charges. Because of this, you may find yourself facing a burglary charge for something you didn’t even know was a crime.

 

Below, I’m going to go over several different types of Illinois burglary charges to help you better understand why you may have been charged and what you are up against.

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Understanding Residential Burglary Charges in Illinois

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays saw a rise in burglaries all over Illinois. During this time, cars and homes might have been targeted due to an increase in the presence of money or expensive gifts.

 

If you have recently been charged with a burglary crime – especially a residential burglary crime – it’s important to understand both the charges and the penalties associated with those charges.

 

Burglary vs. Residential Burglary

 

Generally speaking, burglary is committed when [...]

What Does Multiple-Burglary Suspect’s Arrest Mean for You?

 

In response to a recent string of burglaries, law enforcement officers across Chicago and surrounding areas are heightening efforts against burglary-related crimes.

 

Officers in the northwest suburban community of Wood Dale had been investigating a series of residential break-ins, and took two suspects into custody.

 

Most recently, law enforcement officials were able to arrest a third suspect—25-year-old Adam Blair—but only with the help of a SWAT team. Police officials assured reporters from the Chicago Sun Times that [...]

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How “Job Placement Fees” Can Equate to IL Involuntary Servitude

Involuntary Servitude

One of the great benefits of capitalism is that people are guaranteed pay for the work they do. The US has one of the most robust economies in the world, along with a high standard of living.

These factors combined make the US, and particularly large cities like Chicago, attractive to immigrants.

That said, because many migrant workers don’t have any resources in the US, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

Involuntary Servitude and Immigrants in Illinois

Involuntary servitude is the [...]

700k Illinois Cannabis Records to Be Expunged – Many Automatically

Drug Crimes | Marijuana

In 2019, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker House signed several house bills that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and allowed the state to expunge certain individuals’ marijuana possession arrest and conviction records.

For now, we’re going to look at the ones that affected 20 ILCS 2630, the Criminal Identification Act, which concerns the expungement of arrest and conviction records. Some expungements were automatic.

So, how did that work?  What about the ones that weren’t automatic?  What does expunge mean, [...]

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