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Category: Criminal Trespass

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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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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