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School Fights in Illinois Can Lead to Assault and Battery Charges

Students are back in school in Illinois, and along with homework and extracurricular activities, you might also need to think about school-related assaults.

 

Two incidents from the previous school year stand out as warnings to both parents and students in the Chicago area.

 

Teens Arrested for Fighting in Chicago

 

Last May, a fellow student stabbed Destinee Garza with a pair of scissors during a fight at Oak Lawn Community High School, and she suffered laceration injuries to [...]

Know the Consequences If Your Chicago Teen Is Charged with Stealing

Stealing or shoplifting is one of the most common teenage crimes.

 

According to statistics put out by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, 25 percent of shoplifters are kids, and 55 percent of adult shoplifters say they got started in their teens.

 

Knowing this, it’s good to be prepared – as a parent – in the event that your Chicago teen is charged with stealing. Let’s review the theft laws here in Illinois and what the consequences might [...]

Five of the Most Common Juvenile Crimes in Chicago

Most teenagers rebel to some extent, and many are involved in petty crimes to some degree. Unfortunately, that probably won’t bring you much comfort if you get a call that your son or daughter has been arrested or a cops knocks on your door with them in tow.

 

If your child has been charged with a crime, it can’t help but be a stressful and nerve-racking experience. As a parent, you have your child’s best interests at heart, and [...]

Illinois Has Changed the Way It Handles Juvenile Crimes

If your child is charged with a crime, it is normal for you to be nervous. After all, many adults are afraid of being charged with a crime – naturally you’re scared for your kid.

 

Juvenile courts and criminal processes are separate from adult court, but your child may still have to go to trial, be interrogated by police, or have a mark on their criminal record while applying for college, jobs, and so on. Plus, since these two [...]

Sexting between Minors is a Crime

Many parents are fearful of teens and technology, and unfortunately sometimes these fears aren’t unfounded.

 

 

It is also a criminal offense—even when done between two minors.

 

As sexting is a relatively recent phenomenon, state governments have been unsure how to properly deal with the rise in teens sharing explicit photos.  In some states, underage sexting is considered distribution of child pornography. Because of this, there have been instances where minors in a relationship engaged in sexting and [...]

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How Mandatory Minimums for Drug Trafficking Work in Illinois

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Being charged with possession of illegal substances is not something to be taken lightly, but it could land you in especially hot water if you’re convicted in the state of Illinois.

Why? Because Illinois courts enforce mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking, and you can be charged with drug trafficking based on the amount of substance in your possession (even if you didn’t intend to distribute it) due to state laws.

Often associated with federal courts and accused of targeting [...]

Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Aggravated Domestic Battery | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

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