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Category: Criminal Defense

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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