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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) [...]

Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?

When you are charged with a crime, you will be given a specific name and classification of the crime you are charged with. Each state has its own way of classifying crimes the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” are universal – even if they don’t always mean the same thing everywhere.

 

So what do these terms mean in Illinois? How are crimes classified? What does it mean to be a “convicted felon”?

 

Illinois has three classifications of misdemeanors and [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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