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Category: Resisting Arrest

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 [...]

When Arresting Domestic Abusers Does More Harm than Good

Despite decades of law enforcement intervention, domestic violence is still major public concern. To prevent police inaction in response to domestic abuse and ultimately to attempt to lower domestic violence rates, nearly half of the U.S. states have implemented mandatory arrest provisions. While the preferred arrest law instructs the responding officer to consider arrest as the preferred course of action, in the case of mandatory arrest laws, the responding officer is obligated to make a more aggressive intervention and make [...]

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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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