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Category: Property Crimes

Charged with One of These Common IL New Year’s Eve Crimes?

You’ve counted down the last moments of 2022, and now 2023 is here – it’s time for a fresh start. However, moving on from the previous year can be a bit more complicated if you’re facing criminal charges from the last minutes of 2022.

Some crimes commonly get people arrested in Illinois on New Year’s Eve. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re not serious. Quite a few common crimes perpetrated on the last day of the year can [...]

Charged with a Common IL Property Crime? What To Do

In Illinois, certain property crimes are common. “Common,” however, does not mean that they come with light consequences.

While property crimes can be misdemeanors, many can also be felonies. That’s why it’s vital for every citizen to understand common property crimes, including how the law defines them and the consequences of a conviction.

Read on to find out what you need to know.

The Most Common Illinois Property Crimes

The top property crimes in Illinois are:

Burglary

Burglary is an [...]

How the Stay-at-Home Order Could Land Some Chicagoans Criminal Charges

 

A majority of Chicagoans are spending most of their days indoors thanks to the unprecedented stay-at-home order. Living through this quarantine order can be stressful and this tension can cause some people to make decisions they may not otherwise – decisions that can have legal consequences.

If you find yourself in a dispute with a neighbor because you’re now constantly at home due to the stay-at-home order or taking actions you normally wouldn’t due to boredom or stress, then [...]

Can IL Property Crimes Become Violent Crimes? What’s the Difference?

Property crimes are some of the most common criminal offenses in Chicago. Property crime convictions are also ones that carry serious criminal consequences.

That said, facing conviction of a violent crime – one which involves the use of force or threat of force against another – can result in a punishment longer lasting and far more severe. This is generally because these crimes are considered to present a threat to public safety.

Sometimes, the two overlap.

An offender may intend [...]

Facing a Property Crime Charge in Illinois? Strategies to Beat It

If you have been charged with a property crime in Illinois, you need to take it seriously and work to put together the strongest possible defense to fight back. Depending on the nature of your alleged crime, you could be facing years in prison, high fines, and more.

 

How do you know which strategy is most likely to help in your specific situation? There’s no easy answer, but your best chance at a positive outcome is to work with [...]

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Defending Against Unfair Criminal History Reporting in Chicago

Criminal Records / History

In an era where information travels at the speed of light, one’s criminal history can follow them like a shadow. However, what happens when that shadow is inaccurate or outdated?

In Chicago, individuals may find themselves facing the unintended consequences of unfair criminal history reporting. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the situations where inaccurate or outdated alleged criminal history information is reported and explore the legal options available to correct these errors.

The Impact of Inaccurate Criminal History [...]

Your Kid Was Just Arrested in Chicago – What Now?

Arrest Procedures | Juvenile Crimes

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: receiving a call or a visit from law enforcement telling you that your child has been arrested in Chicago. The shock, fear, and confusion that follow such news can be overwhelming. However, it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone, and there are steps you can take to support your child and navigate the legal process.

In this blog post, we will guide you through what to do if your kid has been arrested [...]