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Your Guide to Plea Bargains in Illinois

Enshrined in the Constitution of the United States is the right to trial by jury. However, many criminal justice matters in this country never actually go before a jury. Instead, they terminate in a plea bargain. The state of Illinois is no exception to this.

It helps to understand what a plea bargain is and how it works in criminal justice cases. Read on to find out more.

A Plea Bargain: What Is It?

A plea bargain, sometimes also referred [...]

Felony Charges? Learn About Illinois’ Impact Incarceration Program

Boot camp is a training style that expands beyond those joining the military. In Illinois, eligible offenders can participate in the Illinois Impact Incarceration Program, frequently described as such, in exchange for a reduced sentence.

This program is unique and there’s a lot to understand about it, namely who it’s an option for and how it works. Read on to find out all you need to know about the Impact Incarceration Program for convicted felony offenders.

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Chicago Mob Enforcers Are Being Released From Jail Due to COVID-19

There have been a lot of changes to the way life works in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. One area that has made headlines is prisons.

Prisons have become hotbeds of COVID-19 spread, which makes sense. With so many people living so closely together in prisons, it’s the perfect environment for viral spread. This has resulted in the early release of many prisoners, some on the grounds of compassionate release, including high profile Chicago mob enforcers.

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Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

5 Factors That Can Aggravate Your IL Criminal Charges

When charged with a crime in Illinois, it’s essential to understand the consequences that come with a conviction. It’s not simply about being found guilty or innocent, but about a judge determining your sentence. That sentence can be heavily influenced by aggravating as well as mitigating factors.

Criminal Sentencing: What Happens?

While each criminal case in Illinois is unique, there are general factors the judge must consider in order to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.

Under Illinois law, [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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