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When Two Chicago Muggers Pick the Wrong Guy

Assault is a serious crime, but it can be even more serious based on who it is that was assaulted, as two assailants in Chicago may soon find out.

A city alderman was assaulted by two men outside a late-night bar in River North recently. He is fine and said the whole altercation, which included him being knocked to the ground, punched, and kicked.

A bar employee broke up the incident and the two men fled the scene. The alderman [...]

Chicago Robbery and Other Theft Crimes Hit 20-year Low

In Chicago, sometimes it can feel as if violence is something you never stop hearing about. However, what crime statistics show paints a very different story.

The crime trends of 2020 in Chicago were a bit surprising. While shootings at police officers increased, other crimes such as robbery were the lowest they’ve been in years.

This is thought to be an effect of the shutdown of much of the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, overall crime dropped a [...]

IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

Rash of Chicago Boat Break-ins: What’s Being Stolen?

Boats are pleasure vessels, but they also happen to be targeted for theft. Unfortunately, some boat owners feel their docked boats are secure, but that’s often far from the truth.

In fact, Chicago police have reported a rash of thefts from boats docked in Burnham Harbor just this summer. With certain high-valued items often left on boats, they can be an easier target for thieves than an owner might think.

Of course, making out with the loot fairly easily doesn’t [...]

The Different Charges for Entering an Illinois Residence Illegally

In Illinois, a person’s home and property are protected by the law from the unwanted intrusion of other people. That’s why there are separate laws in Illinois for criminal trespass and residential burglary.

If you’re unsure of the difference between these crimes, you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand what each crime is or what penalties they can each bring upon someone convicted of them.

So here’s what you need to know about criminal trespass and residential burglary, how they’re [...]

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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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