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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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Tax Time Is Almost Here – Could You Accidentally Commit Fraud in IL?

Tax Fraud | Fraud

Everyone dreads tax time. Even if you’re owed a nice rebate, the hassle of preparing your income tax returns is a headache, and most of us put it off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful when preparing your tax returns, you could face something far more serious than missing a portion of your refund: income tax fraud charges. Individual slip-ups typically fall into the category of negligence rather than fraud, but even seemingly harmless white lies can [...]

Some Illinois Sex Crimes Specifically Aimed at Protecting Kids

Child Pornography | Sex Crimes

State legislation is put into place in order to help to protect the people of Illinois. Doing so allows more people to exercise their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Furthermore, not all Illinoisans are created equal — some are more vulnerable than others. That’s why we have harsher penalties against hate crimes or crimes against the elderly.

Still, children are considered the most vulnerable of us all, so when crimes involve them, the punishment is meant [...]

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