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Category: Identity Theft

Some of the Most Common Types of Fraud in Illinois

Fraud is a major crime that can have long-term repercussions if you are charged and found guilty. In Illinois, the law prohibits many different types of fraud, ranging from identity theft to insurance fraud. 

Understanding what constitutes fraud in our state is important for anyone who may face legal consequences due to their involvement with fraudulent activities. Here’s what you need to know about some of the most common types of fraud in Illinois… and others you may not know [...]

Identity Theft Is Being Reported Like Crazy in Illinois — Were You Charged?

Identity theft is a problem in the modern world. People across the globe enter personal information and use credit and debit cards online. It’s no wonder that identity theft has skyrocketed over the course of the last several decades.

Illinois, in particular, seems to be a place where many people report identity theft. The people who try to steal others’ identities often target the very old or very young because they are the most vulnerable. Other members of the community, [...]

‘Tis the Season for IL Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Identity Theft

The Christmas season is nearly upon us again. It’s that time of year to prepare for presents, family dinners, and…you guessed it — identity theft.

As the sheer volume of online holiday purchases continues to soar, it only makes sense that the holiday season doesn’t just mean an increase in retail theft anymore, but in identity theft as well.

In turn, Illinois law enforcement is on high alert for acts of identity theft from now through the end of the [...]

6 White Collar Crimes and Their Penalties in Illinois

While they usually do not involve violence or serious bodily injury, white collar crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois and will often result in felony charges for the alleged offender.

 

Below we have briefly defined a few common white collar crimes that we see in Illinois, and the charges you may face for committing them. For more information on the penalties for different levels of felony charges, click here.

 

Theft: Any act of obtaining goods or services [...]

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Using the 2nd Amendment to Fight IL Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges

In the realm of criminal law, navigating weapons charges can be a daunting task, especially in jurisdictions like Chicago, where firearm regulations are stringent. However, one avenue that defendants may explore is invoking the protections offered by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Understanding how the Second Amendment intersects with weapons charges and its interpretation within the legal framework of Chicago is crucial for building a robust defense strategy.

The Second Amendment: An Overview

The Second Amendment of [...]

Mistaken Identity: When You’re Not the Chicago Thief They’re Looking For

Mistaken Identity | Wrongful Accusations | Theft

In the realm of criminal justice, mistaken identity is a persistent and troubling issue. One of the most distressing scenarios is when an individual finds themselves falsely accused of theft, grappling with the repercussions of a crime they didn’t commit.

Such cases often underscore the critical importance of establishing an airtight alibi and presenting compelling evidence to assert innocence. Let’s delve into this complex issue, exploring real-life instances of mistaken identity in theft accusations and the imperative of constructing a [...]