Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, September 19, 2016

Is Cyberstalking a Crime in Illinois?


If you’re like most people who have been charged with cyberstalking in Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Chicago, you're wondering what to do next. For most people, it's a good idea to get in touch with a Chicago felony defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DUIs and the Holidays in Chicago


The holidays are right around the corner—and that means it’s time to brush up on Chicago’s DUI laws and the consequences of a drunk driving conviction in Illinois.

What Are Chicago’s DUI Laws?

Legal Blood-Alcohol Content in Chicago

In Chicago, as well as elsewhere in Illinois, you’re considered “drunk” by law if your blood-alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08 percent.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

What Could a Skokie DUI Lawyer Do for You?


Let’s face it: if you get pulled over for drinking and driving, you’re going to want to talk to a Skokie DUI lawyer who will take immediate action on your behalf.

Why?

Because the consequences of DUI in Skokie are just as severe as they are elsewhere in the state—and you can’t afford to gamble with your future.

What Your Skokie DUI Lawyer Will Do

Your Skokie DUI lawyer—the attorney you hire who’s familiar with the Skokie court system, prosecutors, and judges—will take immediate action if you’re accused of drinking and driving. He has to; the sooner your lawyer delves into the circumstances of your case, the sooner he’ll be able to build the defense that gets you the best possible outcome.

Your Skokie DUI Lawyer Will Ask Questions

Your attorney will ask you questions and examine the evidence in your case.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Disorderly Conduct Charges in Skokie: What You Need to Know


If you’ve been charged with disorderly conduct in Skokie (or in Chicago, Rolling Meadows or any of the surrounding communities), you probably have several questions—including:

  • What happens after you’re charged with disorderly conduct in Skokie?
  • What are the possible consequences of disorderly conduct in Skokie?
  • Can I get a disorderly conduct charge off my criminal record?

For most people, it makes sense to get in touch with a Skokie disorderly conduct lawyer who can evaluate all the facts in the case and build a strategic defense.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

Disorderly conduct is a broad term that includes offenses that waste public resources, unnecessarily cause public fear or stress, or alarm or disturb others.

What Happens After You’re Charged With Disorderly Conduct in Skokie?

If police arrest you for disorderly conduct in Skokie, Chicago, Rolling Meadows or any of the surrounding communities, you’ll end up spending time in jail (unless you pay a bond that guarantees you’ll come back to court on your assigned date) until the judge can see you.

You’ll go to an arraignment hearing, which is where the court reads your official charges. From there, you’ll either go back to jail to await trial or you’ll be freed with the promise that you’ll go back when you’re supposed to go back.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Shoplifting in Skokie: What You Need to Know


If you’ve been accused of shoplifting in Skokie, Chicago or Rolling Meadows—or any of the surrounding communities, for that matter—it’s probably in your best interest to talk to a retail theft lawyer as soon as you can.

What is Shoplifting in Skokie?

Under Illinois law, shoplifting is the crime of taking something that isn’t yours from a commercial or retail establishment.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Should You Bring Your Children to Court With You?


If you’ve been charged with a crime in Skokie, Rolling Meadows or Chicago—or any of the other communities, for that matter—you’ll have your day in court.

Some people bring their children to court with them.

In most, if not all, cases, that’s a bad idea.

Should You Bring Your Children to Court?

Typically, you should not bring your children to court with you.

Why?

Court is a formal environment, and kids have a tough time blending in.
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

What Are the Consequences for DUI in Skokie?


If a judge convicts you of driving under the influence of alcohol in Skokie, you’ll end up paying steep fines and, in some cases, spending time behind bars. For most people, it’s best to talk to a Skokie DUI lawyer who will evaluate your case and can determine whether evidence was illegally collected, whether police made errors, or whether your rights were violated during the process.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

What Happens if You Lie in Court?


If you’re accused of a crime, you’ll eventually have your day in court.

The U.S. Constitution gives you the right to avoid incriminating yourself, which means you don’t have to take the stand and shout, “I’m guilty! Put me in jail!”

However, once you go to court, you’re required to tell the truth.

In some cases, your lawyer will avoid putting you on the stand (that means you won’t be required to speak in court at all; others will testify for and against you, and your lawyer will argue on your behalf while you sit there silently).
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Charged With a Drug Crime in Skokie? Here's What You Need to Know


If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Skokie—some of the most common include marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines (meth)—you probably need to talk to a Skokie drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Why?

Because the consequences can be exceptionally severe if you’re convicted of a drug crime, and they could include steep fines and time behind bars.

Drug Crime Charges in Skokie: What You Need to Know

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Why You Can't Risk Driving on a Suspended License in Skokie


If your license is suspended, you’ll have a hard time getting to and from work, picking up your kids, and doing pretty much everything that most of us take for granted.

But you still can’t drive.

The consequences of driving on a suspended or revoked license are serious in Skokie (and elsewhere in Illinois), which means it’s just not worth getting behind the wheel.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

What to Do if You're Accused of Burglary in Skokie


If you’re charged with burglary in Skokie or any of the surrounding communities, you’re probably more than a little concerned about what happens next.

First things first, though: it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with a Skokie burglary defense attorney who can help you understand the charges and explain the possible consequences… and who will fight to preserve your rights and get you the best possible outcome in court.

What is Burglary in Skokie?

Burglary is the crime of knowingly entering someone’s property with the intent to commit a felony or theft inside.
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