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Category: Resisting Arrest

How to Handle IL Resisting Arrest Charges After George Floyd Protests

Chicago, just like many other cities throughout the United States, has had a tough few weeks. Protests are raging across the country related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. These protests have sparked some violence and looting – something Chicago has not been immune to.

As reported by Patch.com, at the beginning of June one weekend protest saw 700 people arrested in Chicago, including many charges of resisting arrest.  Here’s what you need to know if you find [...]

Defining Resisting Arrest in Illinois

What’s does it mean to resist arrest in Illinois? Most people have a pretty narrow view of the law, assuming it means – essentially – fighting back when an officer tries to arrest you. However, while this is certainly one way that someone can get hit with the charge, it isn’t the only one.

 

In this post, we will detail what resisting arrest really means under the laws of our state and tell you what penalties may result.

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Charged with Resisting Arrest in Chicago? How to Fight Back

If a police officer is trying to perform their job and you resist or delay their progress, you can be charged with resisting arrest. Below you will find the legal definition of resisting arrest in Illinois, along with some defenses that may work for you.

 

What “Resisting Arrest” Means in Illinois

 

When a police officer is trying to handcuff or arrest you and take you to jail, and you act with intent to prevent them from doing so, [...]

Bears CB Charged with Resisting Arrest for Spitting at Officers

Confrontations with the police can be tricky, especially after reading stories where officers overstep their bounds and use unnecessary force or make false arrests. However, you could be forgiven for thinking “don’t spit on police officers” is an obvious piece of advice.

 

Apparently, Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall missed that memo. In late March, after doing just that, Hall ended up getting tasered in the leg and arrested for multiple misdemeanors.

 

Officers confronted Hall, 22, around 1 A.M. [...]

What Is Resisting Arrest?

If you are facing criminal charges, it’s important to know exactly where you stand and what your future entails. This is especially true with something like resisting arrest, because it is typically a secondary charge that is tacked on to other criminal violations.

 

In other words, if you are charged with resisting arrest, it is likely that you are actually up against several charges that each carry their own set of consequences. In Illinois, an offense of resisting a [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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