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Category: Misdemeanors

Violating an Illinois Lockdown Order Equals a Misdemeanor Charge

Many states have issued lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois being one of them. In most places, violating these orders would result in a slap on the wrist and a reminder to stay at home. However, violating the Illinois lockdown order in Aurora at least could land you in legal trouble.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Aurora’s city council voted unanimously to make violating the state’s lockdown order a disorderly conduct charge.

This misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge can have [...]

Your Guide to Understanding Misdemeanors in Illinois

Facing arrest or criminal charges can be intimidating and downright confusing, especially if you have never been charged before.

 

Criminals face penalties and hardships that go beyond prison time. Having a mark on your criminal record can flip your life around. If you have been charged, it is important to get acquainted with the type of offense and type of charge you are facing.

 

In this post, we will address the ins and outs of being charged with [...]

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 [...]

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Half a Million Illinois Cannabis Cases Expunged

Expungement | Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana in Illinois has led to some amazing things for residents of the state. Chief among them? Thousands of cannabis offenders who have had their records expunged due to marijuana’s legalization in the state.

WGN has reported that Governor Pritzker recently announced that almost 500,000 criminal cannabis cases are now eligible for expungement and forgiveness.

Illinois’ governor issued a pardon for nearly 10,000 cannabis convictions while the State Police wiped the records clean of 492,000 non-felony cannabis [...]

Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

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