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Category: Residential Burglary

Illinois Burglary Charges: The Importance of “Intent”

In Illinois, it is a crime to enter a building or structure without authorization and with the intent of committing a crime once inside, whether that place is a residence, business, school, public facility, place of worship, or even a vehicle.

 

This criminal act is charged as burglary or residential burglary in our state. Importantly, you do not need to commit a crime or even attempt to commit a crime after gaining entry, so long as the prosecution can [...]

Strategies to Use to Fight Your Illinois Burglary Charges   

Burglary charges are more than just a case of theft. Even a minor burglary charge is a felony crime in Illinois, and the most severe cases could be a Class 1 felony. A conviction may lead to the loss of certain rights, jail time, and heavy fines.

 

Thankfully, if you have recently been charged with burglary, you have options for fighting these charges and avoiding a felony conviction. Below, we’re going to cover several different potential defenses that a [...]

6 Strategies to Use to Fight Illinois Residential Burglary Charges

If you are charged with residential burglary, several strategies may be available to help you in getting your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced, or in avoiding conviction at trial. In two recent Illinois cases, a few of these strategies came into play.

 

In one case, a 19-year-old male and a female juvenile had been present at a pool party in Walnut Hill. The two allegedly returned later to steal items and cause property damage. Marion County State’s Attorney Bill [...]

Understanding Residential Burglary Charges in Illinois

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays saw a rise in burglaries all over Illinois. During this time, cars and homes might have been targeted due to an increase in the presence of money or expensive gifts.

 

If you have recently been charged with a burglary crime – especially a residential burglary crime – it’s important to understand both the charges and the penalties associated with those charges.

 

Burglary vs. Residential Burglary

 

Generally speaking, burglary is committed when [...]

Police Investigation Yields Residential Burglary Arrests

A recent investigation by Chicago police has resulted in the arrest of several individuals on charges of residential burglary. The felony charge is serious and can carry with it severe penalties upon conviction. That is why retaining a reputable criminal defense lawyer is an absolute must for anyone who has been charged with residential burglary. If you have been arrested for such a charge, a Chicago residential burglary lawyer with experience can mean the difference between your continued freedom and [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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