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Category: Plea Bargains

The Top Misconceptions About Plea Bargaining in Illinois

Plea bargaining is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor where the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduction in charges or a lighter sentence. Plea bargaining is a common practice in the criminal justice system and is used in most criminal cases in Illinois. Despite its widespread use, there are many misconceptions about plea bargaining. This post will discuss the top misconceptions about plea bargaining in Illinois.

Misconception #1: Plea Bargaining is Only for Guilty[...]

Your Guide to Plea Bargains in Illinois

Enshrined in the Constitution of the United States is the right to trial by jury. However, many criminal justice matters in this country never actually go before a jury. Instead, they terminate in a plea bargain. The state of Illinois is no exception to this.

It helps to understand what a plea bargain is and how it works in criminal justice cases. Read on to find out more.

A Plea Bargain: What Is It?

A plea bargain, sometimes also referred [...]

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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 [...]