Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, June 26, 2017

How Serious Are Misdemeanor Crimes?


Some people make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanor crimes don’t have serious—and long-lasting—consequences, but that’s simply not true. In fact, misdemeanors can carry extremely serious penalties; they also stay on your criminal record permanently unless you were tried, convicted, and sentenced as a juvenile or you petitioned the court to have them expunged.

What to Do if You’re Accused of a Misdemeanor

When you’re accused of a misdemeanor crime, whether it seems like something minor or not, it’s a good idea to consult with a Chicago criminal defense attorney who understands Illinois law and how it applies in your case.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer and Boating Under the Influence


Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner, and if past history is any indication of what’s going to happen this year, the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers will be on Illinois waterways checking for people who are operating under the influence.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What to Do if There's a Warrant for Your Arrest in Chicago


If you’re concerned that there might be a warrant out for your arrest, or if you know for sure a judge has issued one, you may not be too excited about stopping the next police officer you see and asking him.

So what can you do if there’s a Read more . . .


Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Talk About Sentence Violations


After you’re convicted of a crime, the judge will sentence you. Your sentence could include jail time, probation, supervision, or other conditions that you must complete.

If you violate the conditions that the judge sets forth as part of your sentencing, you could end up back in court—and the judge can even re-sentence you.

So what should you do if you’ve violated the conditions of your sentence and you find yourself in hot water?

The first thing you should do is get in touch with a Read more . . .


Monday, May 1, 2017

Property Crimes in Chicago: What You Need to Know


Destroying or vandalizing someone’s property is a crime—and it’s one that can land you in serious hot water with the Chicago court system. If you’ve been accused of a property crime in Chicago or the suburbs, it’s a good idea to talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Caught With a Gun in Chicago? These Are the Possible Penalties


Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the country—but if you have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card, or FOID, you’re allowed to possess a gun.

That doesn’t mean you can carry it with you wherever you go, though.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

Will I Be Tried in Juvenile Court? Juvenile Crimes in Chicago


The state of Illinois has two types of courts for trying crimes: juvenile court, and a court for everyone else.

However, just being under the age of 18, which makes you a minor, doesn’t necessarily make you a juvenile under Illinois law.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

What You Need to Know About Bond Violations in Illinois


Violation of a bail bond is a serious offense in the state of Illinois—and it could land you in serious hot water with the courts.

What is Bond Violation in Illinois?

A bond violation occurs when you do something that goes against the conditions outlined in your bond. The judge in your case is the one who sets the conditions for setting you free.
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Monday, March 6, 2017

DUI on St. Patrick's Day: What You Need to Know


Chicago comes alive with celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Friday, March 17 this year.

Unfortuantely, that means police will be making dozens of drunk driving arrests, too. There have already been a number of “unofficial” St.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Charged With a Felony Gun Crime in Chicago? Here's What You Need to Know


Chicago is famous for its strict gun control laws — and that’s because the penalties for felony gun crimes are so harsh.

If you’ve been accused of this type of crime, it’s probably a good idea for you to get in touch with a felony gun crime defense lawyer in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows. The consequences can be extremely serious if you’re convicted.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Should You Hire a Murder Defense Lawyer?


In Illinois, murder is one of the most serious criminal charges you could face — and the penalties are extremely severe if you’re convicted. If you’re accused of murder, even if you’re completely innocent, you may want to get in touch with a Chicago murder defense lawyer who understands state laws and who is willing to fight hard to preserve your rights.

Types of Murder Under Illinois Law

The law in Illinois recognizes murder in categories.
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