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Category: Protective Orders

Does Your IL Protection Order Include a GPS Buffer Zone?

Domestic violence can have grave consequences for its victims. The most tragic is when their death occurs at the hands of their abuser, even when the law was supposed to protect them.

One such woman, Cindy Bischof, was gunned down by her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of her place of employment. She had a protective order against him, but he repeatedly violated it. She had asked the court to affix him with a GPS monitor to prevent further violations. [...]

Illinois Domestic Assault: Is It a Misdemeanor or Felony Charge?

If you think that you could be facing domestic assault charges, knowing what you’re up against is the first step in taking action and fighting back to beat the charges against you.

Many clients ask us whether their domestic assault charge will be considered a felony or a misdemeanor. Domestic violence is what’s considered a “wobbler” offense. This means it can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the offense.

We’ve put together a [...]

Domestic Violence Protection Orders: What You Need to Know

If you are in a serious altercation with a significant other, relative, or household member, they may threaten to file a restraining order to keep you away from your children, residence, or certain possessions.

 

These orders are no joke. Having an order of protection placed against you can severely limit your freedom, your relationships, and your ability to live your daily life.

 

Orders of protection are issued by a county court to prevent further or future abuse. In [...]

Restraining Order and Protective Order—What’s the Difference?

If you find yourself facing domestic violence charges, chances are that you will also be up against one of two court orders: either a restraining order or a protective order (or “order of protection”). If you’re facing either of these orders, it’s important for you to know what they mean and the ways in which they are similar and different so that you will be able to understand how they could affect your life.

 

Restraining Orders

 

A restraining [...]

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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 [...]

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