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Category: Criminal Trespass

When Can Trespassing Land You Felony Charges in IL?

“No Trespassing” signs are everywhere. The frequency with which people see them may mean people don’t take them as seriously as they should. Still, trespassing is a serious crime.

In fact, in Illinois, there are some scenarios where trespassing can result in felony charges. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Trespassing in Illinois?

In Illinois, there are two types of trespassing: criminal and civil. In a situation involving civil trespass, a person may refuse to leave a place [...]

The Different Charges for Entering an Illinois Residence Illegally

In Illinois, a person’s home and property are protected by the law from the unwanted intrusion of other people. That’s why there are separate laws in Illinois for criminal trespass and residential burglary.

If you’re unsure of the difference between these crimes, you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand what each crime is or what penalties they can each bring upon someone convicted of them.

So here’s what you need to know about criminal trespass and residential burglary, how they’re [...]

What Constitutes Criminal Trespass in Illinois?

Many people think of trespassing as teenagers climbing fences with “No Trespassing” signs in the dead of night. They’re victimless crimes that are more about exploring and pushing boundaries than doing anything truly wrong – right?

 

Unfortunately, while trespass crimes may seem like relatively minor offenses, those convicted of criminal trespassing face serious charges. You might also be surprised by the wide array of activities that are considered criminal trespassing under Illinois law.

 

What Is Trespassing?

 

Trespassing [...]

Were You Charged with Other Offenses in Addition to Criminal Trespass

If you have been charged with criminal trespass in Chicago, one of the first things that your defense attorney will want to know when you meet for an initial consultation is if you were charged with other criminal activity or if there is a chance that you could be. Although criminal trespass is normally considered a misdemeanor, the class of misdemeanor can be affected by whether or not any other crimes were committed in conjunction with the trespassing. A criminal [...]

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Using the 2nd Amendment to Fight IL Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges

In the realm of criminal law, navigating weapons charges can be a daunting task, especially in jurisdictions like Chicago, where firearm regulations are stringent. However, one avenue that defendants may explore is invoking the protections offered by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Understanding how the Second Amendment intersects with weapons charges and its interpretation within the legal framework of Chicago is crucial for building a robust defense strategy.

The Second Amendment: An Overview

The Second Amendment of [...]

Mistaken Identity: When You’re Not the Chicago Thief They’re Looking For

Mistaken Identity | Wrongful Accusations | Theft

In the realm of criminal justice, mistaken identity is a persistent and troubling issue. One of the most distressing scenarios is when an individual finds themselves falsely accused of theft, grappling with the repercussions of a crime they didn’t commit.

Such cases often underscore the critical importance of establishing an airtight alibi and presenting compelling evidence to assert innocence. Let’s delve into this complex issue, exploring real-life instances of mistaken identity in theft accusations and the imperative of constructing a [...]