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Category: Probation Violations

Chicago PD Could Tighten Procedures After Scathing Press

When you’re convicted of a crime in Illinois, the punishment can often amount to jail time. However, it’s not uncommon for some defendants to be sentenced to probation instead.

Probation, also known as supervised release, allows the person convicted to continue life outside of jail. They remain supervised for the safety of those around them. If they break the terms of probation, they return to jail.

Probation should help rehabilitate those with criminal convictions while keeping the community safe, but [...]

Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

FAQs about Probation in Illinois That You Need to Know

Probation is preferable to imprisonment, but if you’re sentenced to probation, you’re still very much under the justice system’s thumb.

This means that it’s very important to understand the basics of probation, and the terms of your specific probation program to avoid a probation violation.

We’ve put together a short FAQ list covering the basics of Illinois probation, common terms you’re likely to face, and what to do if you’re accused of a probation violation.

Are Illinois Probation and Parole [...]

Common Probation Conditions You Must Follow in Illinois

Although it is certainly far more preferable to time spent behind bars, you are still very much under the supervision of the criminal justice system if you’re placed on probation.

Judges will often commute a prison sentence to probation for low-level and/or first-time offenders. If you’re on probation, your prison sentence is suspended and you’re allowed to remain in the Chicago community — so long as you meet certain conditions.

A probation program lays out strict terms that you’re legally [...]

How to Violate Your Illinois Probation

Have you been given a probation sentence in Illinois?

 

Probation is often tacked on to a jail sentence and served after your time in jail is finished. It can also be an alternative sentence to jail time. You can live with freedom on probation – as long as you meet all the requirements under Illinois law.

 

You probably already know that. You have to follow the rules of your probation, and if you violate them, you can suffer [...]

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Do You Have to Steal Something to Be Charged with Illinois Burglary?

Burglary

Burglary is an oft-misunderstood crime.

Take the case of two 14-year-old boys in McHenry, Illinois. The juvenile suspects were arrested for the destruction of the former Just For Fun Roller Rink. The business had closed permanently in late 2020, and the boys started a fire in the empty rink. The flames quickly got out of hand.

One juvenile was charged with arson, burglary, and criminal damage to property, all felonies of varying classes. The other was charged with criminal trespass, [...]

Illinois Drug Charges? Learn about Concurrent vs. Consecutive Sentences

Drug Crimes

If you’re facing drug charges in Illinois, you may have a lot of questions. One of those might be the penalties you will face if you are found guilty—or choose to plead guilty.

In the state of Illinois, anyone pleading guilty or convicted of a crime in court is subject to the sentence for that particular crime.

For drug trafficking crimes, there’s much to understand about the structure of sentencing and how that can impact the amount of time you [...]