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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
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 [...]
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.
In other words, if the police arrest [...]
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, [...]
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.
August 7, 2022
Child Pornography | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking
In Illinois, internet sex crimes are being prosecuted at increasing levels. That’s partly because of how common communication online is today, which has led to the creation of a specialized police unit that investigates crimes online, including sex crimes.
Just like with any other sex crime, internet sex crimes are very serious charges. A conviction for sex crimes related to the internet can throw your life into turmoil, leaving you facing serious felony charges and even decades in prison if [...]
July 29, 2022
It’s not uncommon for a marriage to end in divorce. In most cases that move through the divorce courts of Illinois, the court encourages people to work together to come to agreements on a divorce decree. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the next best route it to settle the divorce in court.
When domestic violence is thrown into the divorce mix, it can make things a whole lot more complicated. That’s because, in cases where domestic violence is [...]