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Category: Burglary

How is Burglary Defined in Illinois?

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 New Crime in Town: The ‘Smash and Grab’ Burglary

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 [...]

Residential Burglary Conviction Almost Always Results in Prison Time

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 [...]

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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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