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.
Burglary is a class 2 felony in Illinois. But possession of burglary tools is a completely separate charge – a class 4 felony.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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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As the Department of Education is attempting to change Title IX laws, Illinois college students are putting up a fight. Experts say that Title IX, the federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex, is already not sufficient.
Further weakening of the guidelines will only put victims of sexual harassment and misconduct in an even worse position.
Every university student should understand Title IX and what it means for their college experience. Learn more about Title IX and [...]