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Linking Domestic Violence to Mass Murder in Illinois Is a Mistake

With several national incidents of mass murders in the headlines this year, a number of reports have appeared alleging that domestic violence is a precursor to mass shootings. The histories of many of the shooters would seem to support this.

 

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November 2017, had a history of domestic violence. In 2012, he was convicted on charges of domestic violence and was dishonorably discharged from the Air [...]

What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

During this month, there is a call “on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected to violent, intimidating, or controlling behavior at the hands of those closest to them.”

 

While domestic violence is taken seriously in our state and throughout the country, Illinois is currently experiencing a rise in domestic violence homicides, which could be related to state budget cuts.

 

Let’s [...]

Commit Domestic Violence, You Can’t Play for U of Illinois

College athletes are often seen as role models, but in the wake of recent scandals like the one at Baylor, certain universities are taking a strong stance on who they are going to allow to play for them.

 

The University of Illinois may be next on that list.

 

UI Plans to Ban Athletes with Domestic and Sexual Violence Histories

 

The University of Illinois is the second of the Big Ten schools – Indiana University was the first [...]

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, [...]

Is Illinois Making False Domestic Violence Accusations Easier?

Unfortunately, after a tragic story of domestic violence, many people find themselves asking, “Why didn’t they leave? Why didn’t they escape? Why didn’t they tell anyone?”

 

Those who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence know that leaving a violent relationship is rarely that easy, so Illinois is working on making that process easier.

 

Think of all of the things that someone has to do to leave a relationship and start a new life for themselves: close bank accounts [...]

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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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