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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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Does Rehabilitation Work for Illinois Child Sexual Predators?

Sex Crimes

Child predators are regularly featured on the news as some of the worst criminals out there. They are depicted as not only committing the crime of sexual assault but also as predators hunting the most vulnerable population.

Of course, sexual predators are defined as people who have “committed a sexually violent offense and especially likely to commit more sexual offenses.” Essentially, by definition, a sexual predator is likely to continue to harm people again and again.

Still, the biggest question [...]

Personal Cannabis Possession Is Legal in IL… Just Not 600lbs of It

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

As of the beginning of 2020, it is legal to sell and buy cannabis in Illinois. The state has followed in the path of California and Colorado and made it legal to produce and sell cannabis for medical and recreational consumption in limited quantities.

While many people find this exciting, some are taking it a little too far. For example, a pair of men in Bureau County was recently arrested for possessing more than 600 pounds of cannabis.

Personal possession [...]

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