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Tax Time Is Almost Here – Could You Accidentally Commit Fraud in IL?

Everyone dreads tax time. Even if you’re owed a nice rebate, the hassle of preparing your income tax returns is a headache, and most of us put it off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful when preparing your tax returns, you could face something far more serious than missing a portion of your refund: income tax fraud charges. Individual slip-ups typically fall into the category of negligence rather than fraud, but even seemingly harmless white lies can [...]

Mistaken Delivery? Returning It for Money Is a Crime in Illinois

The holidays are upon us, meaning that the mail is overloaded with packages of all kinds. During this hectic time of year, it’s not unusual to receive packages that aren’t addressed to you.

In some cases, it’s not even possible to return the package to its intended recipient. So in this case, what do you do with this unwanted item?

If the item happens to be worth some money, you might be tempted to return it to a local retailer [...]

Embezzlement in Illinois: What You Should Know

Embezzlement is a form of white collar crime which may be punishable by lengthy prison sentences, exorbitant fines, and restitution. Despite these serious criminal consequences, embezzlement is sadly fairly common here in Illinois.

Take, for example, the former mayor of Posen. He was recently indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing money from the city’s checking account during his final two years in office, from 2015 to 2016. The indictment does not report how much the former mayor allegedly stole, and [...]

Bribery in Illinois: A Breakdown of the Laws

Have you been charged with bribery in Illinois? Are you under investigation? Do you just want to understand how the law works to make sure you’re abiding by it?

 

In this post, we’re going to detail laws and associated penalties, and cover what you can do to fight back if you do find yourself getting unwanted attention from law enforcement.

 

 

How Illinois Bribery Laws Work

 

How big of a deal is bribery here? It’s one of [...]

It’s Midterm Time: Know What Counts as Voter Fraud in Illinois

In 2004, a now-retired priest entered Illinois as a legal immigrant to work at several Episcopal churches. In 2006, he visited a Department of Motor Vehicles location, where he claims that a supervisor accepted his United Kingdom passport as proof of identification and asked him if he wished to register to vote.

 

Despite his momentary surprise, the priest signed the card to register, and later that year he voted on a local referendum. It wasn’t until the following day, [...]

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How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

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