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New Law Helps Domestic Violence Victims Facing Separate Charges

Laws are put in place to protect people and punish those who would victimize others. But what if an alleged offender in one instance is a victim in a separate situation?

 

One new law in our state addresses that exact situation. The idea behind this law is to help those who are victims of domestic violence and have also been charged with a separate crime. It’s called the Domestic Violence Sentencing Consideration, and it’s just going into effect this [...]

Understanding Your Domestic Battery Charge

Couples, family members, and people who are in a close relationship don’t always get along. Most of the time, even when they argue, fight, and say things they don’t mean, they’re usually forgive each other and move on.

 

If your argument or fight turns violent, however, you could be charged with a domestic battery offense under Illinois domestic violence laws. And depending on your history and the nature of the offense, you could be facing either a misdemeanor or [...]

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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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