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Category: Disorderly Conduct

Violating an Illinois Lockdown Order Equals a Misdemeanor Charge

Many states have issued lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois being one of them. In most places, violating these orders would result in a slap on the wrist and a reminder to stay at home. However, violating the Illinois lockdown order in Aurora at least could land you in legal trouble.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Aurora’s city council voted unanimously to make violating the state’s lockdown order a disorderly conduct charge.

This misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge can have [...]

Halloween Activities Most Likely to Get Your Chicago Teen Arrested

Halloween has never been a time to be on your best behavior. Running around the neighborhood at night, pulling pranks, and dressing up in scary costumes are all part of the Halloween tradition. As with any sort of mischief, though, teens can quickly take the spirit of the holiday too far.

Because of this, it’s not uncommon for misguided Halloween pranks and actual state crimes to overlap – probably more than you or your teen even realize. To avoid surprise [...]

Common Defenses against Disorderly Conduct Charges

It was a quiet Friday night in Edgewater, the whoosh of the occasional passing car mingling with the murmur of the NBA playoffs on TVs within apartment buildings. But the calm was punctuated suddenly when the whistle of a police siren sounded near the 6300 block of North Lakewood.

 

At least, that’s what happened according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times.

A Roger Park District police car signalled for another vehicle to stop, and both drivers [...]

What Constitutes Disorderly Conduct in Chicago?

You’re likely already familiar with the term “disorderly conduct” and may have heard it applied to a wide variety of activities. For example, someone who is drunk and belligerent in public could be charged with disorderly conduct, while someone who disobeys an order from a police officer could be charged with the very same crime. Someone might also face disorderly conduct charges for calling in a false threat or alert to the police.

 

Disorderly conduct encompasses a lot of [...]

Abuse or Racism? Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and His Disorderly Conduct Controversy

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The following dialogue between Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and his arresting officer Sergeant James Crowley should have never taken place in a country that was founded on the principles of individual freedom. And yet, it was enough for Gates to simply yell at Crowley on the steps of his own home – not threaten or even clench his fist in a violent manner – for the police officer to charge the professor with disorderly conduct [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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