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Bribery in Illinois: A Breakdown of the Laws

Have you been charged with bribery in Illinois? Are you under investigation? Do you just want to understand how the law works to make sure you’re abiding by it?

 

In this post, we’re going to detail laws and associated penalties, and cover what you can do to fight back if you do find yourself getting unwanted attention from law enforcement.

 

 

How Illinois Bribery Laws Work

 

How big of a deal is bribery here? It’s one of [...]

Being Investigated for an IL White Collar Crime? You Can Make It Worse

If you have been arrested for a white collar crime in Illinois, you might be feeling a lot of different emotions. Though white collar crimes aren’t violent in nature, the law takes these offenses very seriously. Offenders often face heavy fines and years behind bars for what may have started as a little white lie – or even an accounting mistake.

 

You may feel the urge to take drastic action to save your skin. You may just want to [...]

How to Protect Yourself and Fight against White Collar Charges

Just because a crime doesn’t involve violence, that doesn’t mean the penalties will be any less severe.

 

If you commit a white collar crime – a nonviolent, financially motivated crime such as fraud, embezzlement, bribery, money laundering, forgery, and others – you could be punished with a number of consequences, including:

 

    Expensive fines as high as $1 million for certain offenses such as bank fraud Lengthy prison sentences Restitution – paying back the money you appropriated for yourself
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Chicago’s “Mayor of Chinatown” Gets Prison for Money Laundering

If you live around Chicago’s Chinatown, you may have heard about the scandal involving the area’s famed chef, Tony Hu.

 

Before the FBI searched his restaurant and found evidence of him laundering money and cooking the books to avoid millions of dollars in taxes, Hu’s story was the classic tale of the American Dream. His recent sentencing, however, added an orange jumpsuit to his rags-to-riches story.

 

Who Really Is Tony Hu?

 

Hu grew up on a farm in [...]

6 White Collar Crimes and Their Penalties in Illinois

While they usually do not involve violence or serious bodily injury, white collar crimes are taken very seriously in Illinois and will often result in felony charges for the alleged offender.

 

Below we have briefly defined a few common white collar crimes that we see in Illinois, and the charges you may face for committing them. For more information on the penalties for different levels of felony charges, click here.

 

Theft: Any act of obtaining goods or services [...]

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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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