We all have a sense of what the crime of burglary entails—based on representations in TV, movies, and the news, most of us think of burglary as occurring when a masked criminal breaks into a stranger’s home in the middle of the night. However, the actual definition of burglary in the state of Illinois encompasses a lot more than just this scenario, and some people might actually be surprised to learn that their actions have warranted a burglary charge. Here [...]
A national retail store chain recently reported a break-in at one of its stores in Florida. Apparently, burglars had smashed through the window doors, entered the building, quickly grabbed $35,000 worth of jewelry, and took off, before police could respond to the security alarm. Jewelry stores are perhaps prime targets, but thieves are not shy about robbing pawn shops, cellphone stores, clothing boutiques, department stores, computer shops, cigarette stores, vehicles, and even schools.
Reportedly, the smash & grab type [...]
A charge of residential burglary in Chicago or elsewhere in the state of Illinois means that you stand accused of entering another’s home either by deception or force with the intention of taking property that was owned by another. Consequently, a conviction of such a charge carries with it serious penalties and, almost inevitably, incarceration. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you to avoid the serious consequences involved with a conviction, however, which is why you will [...]