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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 [...]

Bill to Increase Sentences for Weapons, Decrease Them for Drugs

The debate over drug crimes in America still invokes big emotions, and can bring progress to a standstill amongst lawmakers. You may have seen the news reports last month about Illinois lawmakers who failed to move a bill forward due to its attempt to shorten drug sentences.

 

Well, that bill has since been amended, and now it may move forward to the governor’s desk within the next few weeks.

 

What Exactly Does the Bill Propose?

 

SB1722 was originally [...]

You’ve Been Charged with a Felony…Now What?

When you face felony charges, the road ahead may be unclear. You know that a felony conviction could mean years in jail or big fines, but what happens in between a charge and a conviction? How do people defend themselves? When do you have to go to court?

 

There are a few steps between when you first hear the charges against you and those charges either get dropped or dismissed or you get sentenced. Knowing what’s ahead will help [...]

The Cubbies are World Champs! Did You Get a Little Carried Away?

It’s no secret – I’m a big Cubs fan. And for Cubs fans, last Wednesday (heck, the last two weeks) was a reason to celebrate big time.

 

But maybe the excitement of the game, the stress of the last few innings, and the drinks you had in the meantime also got you in a little bit of trouble. If you were arrested or charged with criminal misconduct or similar charges, believe me you’re not alone. Heck, the arrests related [...]

Your Rights When Talking to Police about a Criminal Matter

We know that talking to law enforcement officers can be intimidating even at the best of times. If you think they suspect that you have committed a crime, that feeling may be amplified enormously. Recent stories of police shooting citizens (including citizens who were acting within their constitutional rights) probably don’t help with any uncomfortable feelings you may have regarding confrontations with police, either.

 

The best way to have a peaceful interaction with police officers (and possibly avoid arrest) [...]

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What Happens If You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights in IL?

Criminal Defense | Miranda Rights

It’s a common trope in crime TV: someone is arrested and they’re told they have the right to remain silent, among other things.

This is what most people think of when they hear the term “Miranda Rights,” and these rights are legally guaranteed to all US citizens should they be arrested. There’s more to your Miranda rights than simply not having to speak, though.

These rights are an integral part of keeping the justice system fair, impartial, and unbiased. Law [...]

How “Job Placement Fees” Can Equate to IL Involuntary Servitude

Involuntary Servitude

One of the great benefits of capitalism is that people are guaranteed pay for the work they do. The US has one of the most robust economies in the world, along with a high standard of living.

These factors combined make the US, and particularly large cities like Chicago, attractive to immigrants.

That said, because many migrant workers don’t have any resources in the US, they are vulnerable to exploitation.

Involuntary Servitude and Immigrants in Illinois

Involuntary servitude is the [...]

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