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Category: Probation Violations

What to Do If Accused of Probation Violation in Chicago

Being accused of a probation violation can be a daunting experience, especially in a city like Chicago. Understanding your rights and the steps to take can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. This blog will explore the crucial aspects of handling probation violations in Chicago, shedding light on legal representation, evidence gathering, and the appeals process.

Know Your Rights

The first step in any legal situation is understanding your rights. When accused of probation violation in [...]

Failing a Drug Test: An IL Crime?

Even in states where drugs have been decriminalized or legalized, like Illinois, people are still sometimes required to submit to drug tests. The results of those tests can impact your life, but the nature of that impact depends on why you’re being tested in the first place.

While the state of Illinois may seem as if it’s lenient on drugs, under state law drug testing is permissible. Employers often drug test employees that are either seeking employment or are currently [...]

What Are The Two Types of Probation Violations In Illinois?

Most people understand what probation violations are, but few people understand the distinctions of the probation system, including violations.

If you’re on probation, violating its standards can be a very big deal. There is not just one way to violate the terms of your probation; there are two.

Here’s what you need to know about the two types of probation violations in Illinois and the consequences of violating them.

What Is Probation?

When someone who has committed a crime in [...]

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 [...]

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Understanding the Burden of Proof in Chicago Burglary Cases

Burglary

Burglary cases in Chicago, like all criminal cases, hinge on the concept of the burden of proof. Understanding this legal principle is crucial for both prosecutors and defense attorneys as they navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. In this blog, we will delve into the burden of proof in Chicago burglary cases, exploring what prosecutors must demonstrate to secure a conviction and how defense attorneys work to challenge that proof. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of building [...]

Criminal Trespass and Civil Rights in IL: Discrimination and Profiling

Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass laws are essential for protecting property rights and maintaining public safety. However, the enforcement of these laws can sometimes intersect with civil rights protections, leading to issues such as discrimination, racial profiling, and selective enforcement. In Chicago, individuals facing criminal trespass charges may be caught in these complex dynamics’ crosshairs. In this blog, we will explore the intersection of criminal trespass laws and civil rights protections in Illinois, shedding light on the challenges posed by discrimination and profiling [...]