Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, August 21, 2017

Charged With a Felony in Skokie? Here's What to Do


If you’re accused of committing a felony in Skokie, you may need to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. The stakes are high with felony charges; convictions often result in prison sentences and serious fines, and they stay on your record forever.

For most people, it makes sense to call a Read more . . .


Monday, August 7, 2017

Why Call a Rolling Meadows DUI Attorney?


If you’re accused of drinking and driving in Chicago or one of its suburbs, it may be in your best interest to get in touch with a Rolling Meadows DUI attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help preserve your rights, fight for you in court, and help you get the best possible outcome when you go to court.

Why Call a Rolling Meadows DUI Attorney?

Driving under the influence, which is commonly called DUI, is a serious crime in Rolling Meadows and elsewhere in Illinois.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Types of Felony Charges in Illinois


Being accused of a felony can be incredibly scary—especially when you know the penalties for a conviction are so harsh. The types of felony charges available to the state of Illinois range between Class 1 and Class 4, with an additional type: Class X.

Types of Felony Charges in Chicago, Illinois (and Beyond)

Each crime that breaks an Illinois law is assigned a value based on its severity. A Class 4 felony is considered “less serious” than a Class 3, 2, or 1 felony, and significantly less serious than a Class X felony.

Each of the five types of felony charges in Illinois has its own penalties.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

What if You Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Chicago?


If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime in Chicago and been ordered to register as a sex offender, you can get into serious trouble with the court if you fail to follow through—and you could end up back behind bars.

What Happens if You Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Chicago?

For some crimes, sex offender Read more . . .


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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