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Category: Criminal Defense

What Classifies a Crime as “Violent” in Illinois?

When someone mentions the word “crime”, most people’s minds automatically jump to violent crime.

That goes to show that you don’t need intimate knowledge of the law to understand how violent crimes are serious offenses. Statistics back up the notion that violent crimes are the most serious in society.

CBS Chicago recently reported that, in one weekend, five people were killed and 22 wounded across the city. The youngest victim was just 14 years old. These killings were all linked [...]

How Do You Know You’re Getting the Best IL Criminal Defense

From the moment you enter the criminal justice system, you might feel overwhelmed and stressed.

That’s why, when you’re facing criminal charges, it’s in your best interest to bring a defense attorney on board – to help you navigate the often cumbersome legal process.

If you’ve never needed an attorney before, much less a criminal defense attorney, how do you know you’ve found the right one? What characteristics does a good defense attorney have?

It’s key to the success of [...]

Chicago PD Could Tighten Procedures After Scathing Press

When you’re convicted of a crime in Illinois, the punishment can often amount to jail time. However, it’s not uncommon for some defendants to be sentenced to probation instead.

Probation, also known as supervised release, allows the person convicted to continue life outside of jail. They remain supervised for the safety of those around them. If they break the terms of probation, they return to jail.

Probation should help rehabilitate those with criminal convictions while keeping the community safe, but [...]

Illinois Conviction Doesn’t Mean Forfeiting All Your Rights

As a citizen of the United States, you have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution, whether or not you’re in jail or convicted of a crime.

If you face jail time because you’ve been found guilty of a crime, that doesn’t mean your rights are forfeit. You can still make claims when those rights are being violated.

However, in order to know when your rights are being crossed, you first must understand those rights.

Here is a summary of prisoner [...]

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 [...]

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How Do You Legally Transport Marijuana in Illinois?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

Illinois is one of the states that has legalized marijuana, both recreationally and medicinally. While this makes many Illinois residents happy, it’s important to realize that this legalization isn’t a free pass. You can’t do anything you want with marijuana anywhere you please just because you’re over 21.

In fact, there are some really strict rules about marijuana in the state, including how to transport it. If you’re caught violating these rules, then you can face criminal penalties – even [...]

How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

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