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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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Do You Have to Steal Something to Be Charged with Illinois Burglary?

Burglary

Burglary is an oft-misunderstood crime.

Take the case of two 14-year-old boys in McHenry, Illinois. The juvenile suspects were arrested for the destruction of the former Just For Fun Roller Rink. The business had closed permanently in late 2020, and the boys started a fire in the empty rink. The flames quickly got out of hand.

One juvenile was charged with arson, burglary, and criminal damage to property, all felonies of varying classes. The other was charged with criminal trespass, [...]

Illinois Drug Charges? Learn about Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

Drug Crimes

If you’re facing drug charges in Illinois, you may have a lot of questions. One of those might be the penalties you will face if you are found guilty—or choose to plead guilty.

In the state of Illinois, anyone pleading guilty or convicted of a crime in court is subject to the sentence for that particular crime.

For drug trafficking crimes, there’s much to understand about the structure of sentencing and how that can impact the amount of time you [...]

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