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Category: Property Crimes

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 [...]

Illinois Property Crimes and Their Associated Penalties

There are all kinds of illegal acts that fall under the umbrella of “property crimes” in Illinois, and not all of them are created equal. Depending on what you are accused of doing, you may face a misdemeanor or a felony, and consequences vary quite a bit as well.

 

Below, we’re going to detail the most common property crimes in Illinois and their associated penalties.

 

Acts that Illinois Defines as Property Crimes

 

Arson

A person commits arson [...]

How to Fight Illinois Charges of Criminal Damage to Property

Criminal damage to property is defined as the purposeful damage or destruction of another’s property or land. Generally these charges are taken quite seriously, and are considered to be either Class A Misdemeanor or felony-level offenses. This means that they carry hefty sentences.

 

Moreover, if you are convicted of criminal damage to property, you will be left with a permanent criminal record that will continue to haunt you long after you’ve served your time. It is therefore important to [...]

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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 [...]