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What Makes a Domestic Violence Crime Aggravated In Illinois?

 

If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you need to know the extent of your charges. When does a charge of domestic violence cross over into aggravated domestic violence in Illinois? It depends on the specifics of how the crime occurred and what exactly happened.

 

Non-Aggravated Domestic Violence Charges  

Domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor when one person commits or threatens violence against a family or household member. Actual physical violence, threats of violence, [...]

Domestic Violence Education for Illinois Hairdressers?

If you regularly visit a barber or hairdresser, you know how special the relationship to a stylist can be. You probably spend time chatting about your job, family, relationships, and so on.

 

For many people, their hairdresser is also their friend, confidante, and sometimes even doctor or therapist. Because of this, many stylists learn information about abuse or violence within a client’s home.

 

Now, Illinois law is recognizing this relationship between stylist and client and the potential for [...]

Domestic Violence Protection Orders: What You Need to Know

If you are in a serious altercation with a significant other, relative, or household member, they may threaten to file a restraining order to keep you away from your children, residence, or certain possessions.

 

These orders are no joke. Having an order of protection placed against you can severely limit your freedom, your relationships, and your ability to live your daily life.

 

Orders of protection are issued by a county court to prevent further or future abuse. In [...]

Defense Strategies against Domestic Violence Charges

A spotlight on domestic violence in Illinois may lead judges to enact harsh sentences for any violent offenders in the upcoming months.

 

Conversations about domestic violence charges were sparked recently after Kendrick Nunn, a guard for the Illini basketball team, pleaded guilty to hitting a woman in the head and shoving her to the ground. He was charged a few weeks ago with misdemeanor battery. Worse, he is the fourth member of the Illini basketball team to be arrested [...]

The Perils of Quicker Domestic Violence Convictions

In January, a Rantoul man was found guilty of hitting a woman and stopping her from leaving her home. Only two months later, he went to county jail to serve three years behind bars – the absolute maximum sentence for domestic battery.

 

If that timeframe seems fast, you’re not wrong.

 

The State’s Attorney’s office has put a new initiative in place designed to bring offenders to justice “faster than ever before.” According to Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Sharples [...]

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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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