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Category: Probation Violations

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 [...]

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, [...]

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IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

Indecent Proposals: IL Man Allegedly Exposes Himself Looking for Sex

Indecent EXposure

It may seem like a harmless thing to relieve yourself in public if no restroom is available or it might seem exciting to get intimate with a partner in public, but both of these things can result in criminal charges in Illinois – criminal charges that have some serious penalties.

In August 2020, a man on Chicago’s Near North Side was reported to police for approaching people and exposing himself, telling them that he was looking for a woman to [...]

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