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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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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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