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Friday, July 1, 2016

Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon in Chicago

Most people who have been convicted of a felony can’t possess or use a weapon in the state of Illinois.

So what happens if you’ve lost your Second Amendment right to own or possess a firearm, but you have one anyway… and you’re caught with it?

Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon

If you’re charged with the unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in Chicago or the suburbs, you need to know that if you have a felony record, you don’t actually have to use the weapon for a judge to convict you. Simply having the gun is enough for the court to convict you—even if the firearm belongs to someone else.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

What Happens if You're Arrested for DUI in Skokie?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is an incredibly serious offense in the state of Illinois. A conviction can result in tremendous consequences, including steep fines and time behind bars.

What Happens if You’re Arrested for DUI in Skokie?

If you’re arrested for DUI, the first thing you should do is get in touch with a Skokie DUI defense attorney.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Drug Crimes in Rolling Meadows: What You Need to Know

The city of Rolling Meadows—and all the surrounding communities, for that matter—are extremely tough on drug possession crimes. For that reason, most people choose to talk to a Rolling Meadows drug crime defense lawyer as soon as they’re accused of possessing drugs.

Some of the most common drug charges in Rolling Meadows include those involving:

  • Marijuana (cannabis)
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines (meth)
  • Prescription drugs not prescribed to the person who has them

Talking to a Rolling Meadows Criminal Lawyer About Drug Charges

If you’ve been caught with illicit drugs in your possession, it’s probably a good idea for you to get in touch with a Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer who can walk you through the entire process.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Driving on a Suspended Driver's License in Rolling Meadows

If you’re busted driving with a suspended driver’s license in Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Schaumburg or Chicago, you’re facing some pretty serious consequences—and you could lose your driving privileges altogether.

Your license is incredibly important. You’re not going to be able to get to work, school, or anywhere else you need to go without it.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Burglary Charges in Rolling Meadows: What You Need to Know

Under Illinois law, burglary is an extremely serious crime—and the punishments can vary from supervision to an extended stay in the Cook County Jail or in prison.

What is Burglary in Illinois?

According to 720 ILCS 5/19-1, “A person commits burglary when without authority he or she knowingly enters or without authority remains within a building, housetrailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, railroad car, or any part thereof, with intent to commit therein a felony or theft.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?

In Illinois, domestic violence is a serious crime—and it comes with serious consequences. But what counts as domestic violence in Illinois, and what will happen to you if you’re convicted of this type of charge?

What is Domestic Violence in Illinois?

Under Illinois law, a person can be charged with domestic violence in one of two ways: domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery.

Domestic Battery

Domestic battery is battery against a family member, a household member, or someone with whom you’re in a relationship. It can also be against an ex, whether or not you were married.

Aggravated Domestic Battery

Aggravated domestic battery occurs with the same people as domestic battery does, but it results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement to the victim.
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bond Violation: What You Need to Know

Violating the conditions of a bond is a serious crime in the state of Illinois… but what is a bond, and what types of restrictions and conditions could you be facing?

What is a Bond?

In Illinois, the court can do one of two things when you’re awaiting trial: they can hold you in jail or they can release you upon your promise to come back to court for further proceedings.

If the court chooses to release you, they can require you to pay of certain amount of money and abide by certain conditions. The money you pay to get out of jail is typically called bail, and the court holds it until you show up to court—it’s a sort of insurance for the court that you’ll be back.

If you don’t show up to court, the court will keep your money and issue a warrant for your arrest; you’re going back to court either way, but if you’re arrested for not showing up, you’re going back to jail as well.

Most people must comply with Read more . . .

Monday, June 6, 2016

Accused of Battery in Rolling Meadows? Here's What You Need to Know

Battery is a serious crime in the state of Illinois, and it’s one that can land you behind bars. If you’ve been accused of battery in Rolling Meadows or the surrounding communities, including Chicago, your best bet is to talk to a Rolling Meadows battery defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can explain the entire court process to you, answer your questions, and ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Assault in Chicago: What You Need to Know

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard the term “assault and battery.” The two words are often used interchangeably—but they’re actually very different crimes (and each has its own set of consequences, as well). Most people choose to talk to an assault lawyer in Chicago after being accused of this crime, because the consequences can be severe.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Were You Charged With DUI Over Memorial Day Weekend?

With Memorial Day just behind us, many people are now facing DUI charges in the state of Illinois. Whether police pulled you over in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Skokie or Schaumburg, the fact is that if you had a blood-alcohol content as low as 0.05, you can be convicted of DUI if there is evidence to prove that you were actually impaired while you were driving.

For most people, the best thing to do is call a Read more . . .

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Misdemeanors and Penalties in Illinois: Chicago Misdemeanor Defense

In Chicago (under Illinois state law), misdemeanors are classified according to their severity. Misdemeanors are punishable by less than a year in a local or county jail—unlike felonies, which are punishable by a year or more in prison.

If you’re being accused of committing one of these crimes, it may be a good idea for you to talk to a Read more . . .

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