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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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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Why It's So Important to Use Your Right to Remain Silent

If police start asking you questions, what are you supposed to say?

Naturally, it depends on what you did (or didn’t do), and whether you’re accused of a felony or misdemeanor… doesn’t it?

Actually, in most cases, it’s best to use your right not to incriminate yourself by talking to police at all.
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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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