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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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Know the Consequences If Your Chicago Teen Is Charged with Stealing

Stealing or shoplifting is one of the most common teenage crimes.

 

According to statistics put out by the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, 25 percent of shoplifters are kids, and 55 percent of adult shoplifters say they got started in their teens.

 

Knowing this, it’s good to be prepared – as a parent – in the event that your Chicago teen is charged with stealing. Let’s review the theft laws here in Illinois and what the consequences might [...]

Past Theft Convictions Can Put You Behind Bars for Decades

How much time in prison would you receive from stealing a remote? A few days? Months? No jail time at all?

 

What about 22 years?

 

This is the case for Eric Bramwell, 35, of Illinois. Back in August of 2015, the man stole a universal remote from an apartment building. He left a glove at the scene and DNA evidence traced the theft back to him.

 

Like a shoplifter suffering from kleptomania, Bramwell has a history of [...]

Robbery vs Theft: The Differences and the Consequences

If you get caught stealing, you could be charged with theft.

 

If you get caught stealing, you could be charged with robbery.

 

Wait, what?

 

Robbery and theft may seem like different terms for the same action. And in a way, they are. But there are big differences.

 

If you get charged with theft in Illinois, you can thank your lucky stars you weren’t charged with robbery. Under Illinois state law, the two are completely different crimes [...]

Illinois Has One of the Lowest Felony Theft Thresholds in the U.S.

If you are convicted of theft of over $300 in our state, you will be convicted of a Class 4 felony.

 

That’s right – $300 is all it takes. And a Class 4 felony isn’t anything to sneeze at, either. Penalties can include one to three years in prison.

 

And if you are incarcerated (Class 4 felons in Illinois spend, on average, 7 months in prison), you will arrive to an overcrowded prison, where around 40% of your [...]

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Marijuana May Be a Gateway Drug in IL, But Not the Way You Think

Drug Crimes

Illinois legalized marijuana for adult personal use in 2019, but for many advocates, it simply doesn’t go far enough. Many are hopeful that in this case, marijuana could be the gateway drug law needed to decriminalize harsh drug penalties throughout the state.

Why do they want less harsh drug laws in the state? Because minority communities are suffering the brunt of overly harsh and ineffective drug laws and punishments.

Here’s what you need to know about the current drug possession [...]

IL Domestic Battery or a Case of Mutual Combat? Know the Difference

Mutual Combat | Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery

In Illinois, domestic battery is a serious violation. If you’re convicted of it, then it’s a conviction that can follow you around for the rest of your life and have an impact on the future no matter how much time passes.

Understanding domestic battery and how it is charged in Illinois is vital to keep it from impacting the rest of your life. Here’s what you need to know about domestic battery, how it differs from mutual combat and the [...]

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