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Residential Burglary or Home Invasion: An Important Distinction in IL

What’s the difference between residential burglary and home invasion? We’ll describe the legal differences and penalties in this post, then explain how a skilled Illinois criminal attorney can help you fight your charges.

 

Let’s start by looking at a recent case.

 

Recent Home Burglary Case in Wilmette

 

A Wilmette woman was recently arrested on three felony charges for home burglary incidents.

 

One home on Leyden Lane was allegedly burglarized on June 29. The homeowner was a [...]

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 [...]

Illinois Property Crimes and Their Associated Penalties

There are all kinds of illegal acts that fall under the umbrella of “property crimes” in Illinois, and not all of them are created equal. Depending on what you are accused of doing, you may face a misdemeanor or a felony, and consequences vary quite a bit as well.

 

Below, we’re going to detail the most common property crimes in Illinois and their associated penalties.

 

Acts that Illinois Defines as Property Crimes

 

Arson

A person commits arson [...]

Motor Vehicle Theft Charges in Illinois – How They Work

If a car isn’t locked, does getting inside and going for a ride still qualify as theft?

 

Jamesha McChristine allegedly saw a woman exit her car and leave it running in a driveway on Dec. 20, 2017. McChristine is accused of entering the open car door and driving away in the car. She allegedly crashed it into two other vehicles that were parked in Elmhurst, along with landscaping owned by the city. Then she allegedly crashed it into a [...]

What You Need to Know about Illinois Looting Laws

The recent natural disasters in Texas and Florida have high costs attached to them. One of the highest costs is due to looting.

 

When Hurricane Harvey passed over Texas, looters allegedly broke into vacated homes and businesses to pilfer valuables. Fourteen individuals were charged with looting in the Houston area only days after the hurricane hit land. They will face additional charges for crimes committed during a crisis, according to a statement by the Harris County District Attorney.

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Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

COVID-19 | Probation Violations

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Prisoners Rights | Early Release | Criminal Defense

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

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