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Charged with One of These Common IL New Year’s Eve Crimes?

You’ve counted down the last moments of 2022, and now 2023 is here – it’s time for a fresh start. However, moving on from the previous year can be a bit more complicated if you’re facing criminal charges from the last minutes of 2022.

Some crimes commonly get people arrested in Illinois on New Year’s Eve. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re not serious. Quite a few common crimes perpetrated on the last day of the year can [...]

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 [...]

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Understanding Illinois Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Charges

Sex Crimes | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

In our state, sexual abuse and sexual assault laws are stringent, covering a range of non-consensual acts. These offenses are classified based on the nature of the act, the age of the victim, and the presence of aggravating factors such as force or threats.

This post will include in-depth breakdowns of criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Being convicted for any of these requires [...]

The Role of Police Misconduct in Chicago Resisting Arrest Cases

Resisting Arrest

Resisting arrest charges can be contentious and complex, especially when allegations of police misconduct or excessive force are involved. In Chicago, as in many other cities, cases of resisting arrest often intersect with concerns about police behavior and civil rights violations. Understanding the dynamics of how police misconduct can influence resisting arrest cases is crucial for both defendants and legal advocates.

Allegations of Police Misconduct

In recent years, allegations of police misconduct and excessive force have garnered significant attention in [...]