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Your Rights against Search and Seizure on IL Public Transportation

If a police officer comes to your home to interview you, he or she may ask to enter and conduct a search.

 

Legally, you have the right to say no unless the officer has a search warrant or has reason to believe that you are harboring a suspect they are immediately pursuing. You can and should exercise this right, even if you feel that you have nothing to hide.

 

You have this right because law enforcement officers may [...]

Don’t Do These Things If You Get Arrested in Chicago

If you get arrested in Chicago, it’s important to know your rights. An officer can arrest you if he or she sees you committing a crime, has probable cause that you committed a felony, or if he or she has a warrant for your arrest.

 

In this post, we’re going to tell you what not to do at your arrest, and how to get help if you are charged with resisting or obstructing arrest.

 

You Cannot Use Force[...]

Your Guide to Understanding Class X Felonies in Illinois

Crimes are classified both by the type and the severity of the offense. Felonies are considered more serious than misdemeanors, and in Illinois they typically carry a minimum of one year of incarceration. Even amongst felonies, though, there are degrees of seriousness.

 

Our state has five classes of felonies – Class 4, Class 3, Class 2, Class 1, and Class X. Among these, Class X felonies are the most serious recognized in Illinois with exception to first-degree murder. If [...]

Why You Need a Chicago Defense Attorney for Criminal Charges

If you have been charged with a crime in or around Chicago, you might wonder if you need a lawyer. If it’s worth it to hire someone to defend your or if you’re better off just taking your chances and hoping for the best.

 

Do not make that mistake.

 

Not getting an attorney to represent you is exactly what law enforcement officials want. Why? Because it gives them more control over what happens to you.

 

This is [...]

Will Two Counts of Residential Burglary in Chicago Double Your Sentence?

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

 

In [...]

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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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