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What Happens If You are Convicted of a Felony in Illinois

 

A felony conviction is a serious matter everywhere in the United States, but in Illinois our lawmakers take felonies particularly seriously. Classified as Class X, 1, 2, 3, or 4 offenses, felonies here are punishable by state prison sentences that can last decades, fines up to $25,000, and restitution that has to be paid to victims.

 

And the penalties don’t stop after you have served your time and are allowed back into the real world. A felony conviction [...]

What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of committing a crime, you have two options. You can sit back and accept the punishment – even if you maintain that you are innocent – or you can fight back.

 

Hopefully, you choose to fight back. And when do so, you do it with the help of an experienced Illinois criminal defense attorney.

 

Why?

 

Because a criminal lawyer is your best chance at getting your charges reduced, dismissed, or dropped altogether.[...]

Understanding Your Illinois Miranda Rights

Recently, the Chicago Police Department has been under scrutiny for the growing number of allegations that say police officers violate human rights in arrests and detentions.

 

Numerous victims have come forward saying they were unlawfully arrested, strip-searched, taken to an off-the-books interrogation building called a “black site,” never read their Miranda Rights, denied access to a lawyer, food, and other communication, interrogated for hours, and physically and psychologically abused for crimes they didn’t even commit.

 

All of these [...]

What Does 720 ILCS Mean?

Getting charged with a crime in Illinois is a serious matter. There are numerous crimes you can face charges for, and it can be confusing to understand not only the crime itself but also your rights.

 

If you are charged with a crime in Illinois, it falls under 720 ILCS. The 720 part is for Chapter 720, which covers all criminal offenses in the state. ILCS stands for the Illinois Compiled Statutes. So if you have a 720 ILCS [...]

The 7 Steps of the Criminal Process in Illinois

Getting arrested is scary for anyone, but the experience is particularly frightening to individuals otherwise unfamiliar with the criminal justice system. Many first-timers are unsure of what will happen to them, what they can expect in the near future, and what steps need to be taken next to best protect their rights and freedom.

 

Here we will take a brief look at the criminal justice process for any crime in the State of Illinois.   Hopefully it will help alleviate [...]

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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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