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Category: Felonies

You’ve Been Charged with a Felony…Now What?

When you face felony charges, the road ahead may be unclear. You know that a felony conviction could mean years in jail or big fines, but what happens in between a charge and a conviction? How do people defend themselves? When do you have to go to court?

 

There are a few steps between when you first hear the charges against you and those charges either get dropped or dismissed or you get sentenced. Knowing what’s ahead will help [...]

Is Domestic Violence a Felony in Illinois?

Domestic violence is currently a rising epidemic and controversial topic in America. As more attention is drawn to these crimes, sentencing and charges seem to be harsher and more common. If you are charged with domestic violence, will you be facing a felony?

 

It depends. Let’s go more in depth and talk about when domestic violence is and is not a felony in the state of Illinois.

 

Defining Domestic Violence

 

Domestic violence is any act of violence [...]

Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What’s The Difference?

When you are charged with a crime, you will be given a specific name and classification of the crime you are charged with. Each state has its own way of classifying crimes the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” are universal – even if they don’t always mean the same thing everywhere.

 

So what do these terms mean in Illinois? How are crimes classified? What does it mean to be a “convicted felon”?

 

Illinois has three classifications of misdemeanors and [...]

What Happens If You are Convicted of a Felony in Illinois

 

A felony conviction is a serious matter everywhere in the United States, but in Illinois our lawmakers take felonies particularly seriously. Classified as Class X, 1, 2, 3, or 4 offenses, felonies here are punishable by state prison sentences that can last decades, fines up to $25,000, and restitution that has to be paid to victims.

 

And the penalties don’t stop after you have served your time and are allowed back into the real world. A felony conviction [...]

The Limited Job Options for Convicted Felons in Chicago

Prison time. Huge fines. Stringent probation.

 

These are just a handful of the penalties you may face if you are convicted of a felony in Chicago. But after prison and probation sentences have been served and fines have been paid off, a felony conviction may still follow you for the rest of your life.

 

How? Because a felony conviction will leave a permanent blemish on your criminal record, which may create a number of problems for you down [...]

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What Are The Signs Of Sex Trafficking in IL?

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a crime taken very seriously in Illinois. Being accused of it can have a big impact on your life – and being convicted of it can shift the trajectory of your path forever.

For many people, sex trafficking is something that is only seen on television and in movies, but the truth is that it happens in plain sight every single day. If you know what to look for, you may be able to understand when sex [...]

IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

Drug Crimes

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life, [...]

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