What would you think if you heard someone who had stolen a car say, “It’s not my fault—my brain made me do it.” While it might sound absurd when phrased that way, that essential argument is one that is being used in more and more criminal defense cases across the country.
We’ve all heard of the insanity plea before—a defendant claims that they are not culpable for the crime they committed because they were legally insane at the time [...]
For most Americans, Christmas presents are found in Santa Claus’s generous bag or, at least, in the wallets of their friends and family. Some people, however, decide to take matters into their own hands and simply steal the goods they want to find under the tree on Christmas Eve.
One in every eleven people who walk through the doors of a store is likely to walk out with at least one item they didn’t pay for. Most offenders are amateurs [...]
A Chicago man was recently arrested for theft when he attempted to use an allegedly stolen credit card to purchase items. Though it was not known if the man had yet retained the services of an accomplished Chicago theft lawyer, it behooves anyone who does face a charge of theft to contact a defense attorney as quickly as possible following their arrest. Because a theft charge can result in severe penalties, a Chicago theft lawyer is the best way to [...]
The scenario is fairly standard: The police apprehend a suspect, the suspect is charged with theft, and the suspect then hires an attorney before appearing in a Chicago court. However, in a recent case, the script seemed to have been rewritten and a veteran of the Chicago police force was put on leave after being arrested for misdemeanor theft. The charge arose after the woman was accused of stealing just over $200 in vitamins from a local grocery store.
A 28-year-old was recently charged with retail theft after two touch screen tablets and gym shoes were found in his car. According to police, all of the merchandise was returned to the stores from which they were allegedly stolen. If you have been arrested for retail theft in Chicago, a criminal defense attorney should be contacted immediately so that you can have the optimal opportunity to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.
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 [...]
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 [...]