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Category: Probation Violations

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 [...]

Understanding the Differences between Probation and Parole in Illinois

Probation. Parole. Both of them can come with convictions in Illinois. Both of them also come with conditions that can be violated, leading to more trouble for you.

 

They are not, however, the same, and it is important that you understand the difference. Below, we’re going to break down both of these processes so that you can best prepare and protect yourself to avoid further consequences.

 

How Are Illinois Probation and Parole Similar?

 

To sum it up, [...]

Probation Violation Defenses That May Help Your Case in Illinois

Probation allows you to stay out of jail or prison as long as you abide by certain terms given to you at the time of sentencing. The probation period normally lasts between one and five years, depending on your conviction.

 

Violations of those terms that occur during the probation period will result in further sentencing. If you are facing a probation violation, a skilled Illinois attorney can help you fight your charges using any number of defenses depending on [...]

Alton Man Violates Probation on the Same Day He Is Sentenced

If you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to probation, you’re not completely off the hook. Sure, you won’t be putting on an orange jumpsuit, but your probation officer and law enforcement officials will be keeping an extra close eye on you.

 

This is incredibly important to remember, because if you are caught violating your probation, the penalties you face may be even worse than those from your original charge. Probation in Illinois comes with a variety of [...]

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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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