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How To Protect Yourself Against Illinois Domestic Violence Claims

In the state of Illinois, certain acts of violence are categorized as crimes of domestic violence.  When an act of violence is committed against a person in your family or household, then domestic violence laws can apply toward the charges against you, resulting in prison time, fines, and even orders of protection against you.

Being convicted of domestic violence can have a significant impact on your life and impact your rights. That’s why it’s crucial to understand the domestic violence [...]

Can Victims of Domestic Violence Drop Charges in Illinois?

Many people believe that if they are involved in an incident where charges are filed, then they can play a role in whether or not to press those charges against the defendant – and drop them if they want.

This isn’t always the case in Illinois, especially when it comes to cases involving domestic violence. Domestic violence offenses are complicated, and the laws are meant to help protect those who are victims.

Here’s what you need to know about what [...]

Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

IL Supreme Court Rulings Put More “Teeth” in Domestic Violence Law

Cases of domestic violence play out in complicated fashions. Often, many factors make them difficult to prosecute – and, in truth, they’ve not been prosecuted as extensively as they should in the Illinois court system.

All that may soon change. The Illinois Supreme Court has recognized that courts need to hold more abusers accountable. While they acknowledge the complicated nature of these cases, far too many end in tragedy.

Domestic violence in Illinois is on the rise, and stories of [...]

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

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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The Role of Police Misconduct in Chicago Resisting Arrest Cases

Resisting Arrest

Resisting arrest charges can be contentious and complex, especially when allegations of police misconduct or excessive force are involved. In Chicago, as in many other cities, cases of resisting arrest often intersect with concerns about police behavior and civil rights violations. Understanding the dynamics of how police misconduct can influence resisting arrest cases is crucial for both defendants and legal advocates.

Allegations of Police Misconduct

In recent years, allegations of police misconduct and excessive force have garnered significant attention in [...]

Supporting Survivors of Exploitation in Chicago Prostitution Trials

Prostitution & Solicitation

Facing prostitution charges in Chicago can be an overwhelming and distressing experience, particularly for individuals who have experienced exploitation or trauma. In this blog post, we will examine the importance of trauma-informed defense strategies and how criminal defense attorneys can provide compassionate and supportive representation to survivors of exploitation in prostitution trials. By prioritizing the well-being of their clients and understanding the complex factors underlying their involvement in prostitution, defense attorneys can effectively advocate for their rights and mitigate the [...]