Aggravated DUI is a felony – and it comes with a potential for a lengthy prison sentence. But what is aggravated DUI, and what happens if you’re convicted of it? This guide explains. Aggravated DUI is a serious crime. In fact, it’s a felony – and the class of felony it falls under depends on…

If you’re like many people facing DUI charges, you probably have a lot on your plate right now – and you’re most likely very worried. This guide gives you a run-down of frequently asked questions about DUI lawyers in Illinois, including how much it costs to hire one, whether you even need one, and what…

If you’re like many people, you know that you’re not supposed to call in bomb threats. There are serious legal consequences for doing so. But what if you’re a teenager – will you get in trouble for calling in a bomb threat to your school? Here’s what you need to know. In the state of…

If you’ve been accused of a crime, you have the right to be represented by an attorney – and for many people, that’s the right path to take to get the best possible outcome. But what if you were black-out drunk when you committed a crime – can you simply let the court know that,…

You’ve probably heard of – or even seen on television – examples of the insanity defense. Generally, when someone wants to use an insanity defense, they’re saying that they can’t be held responsible for committing a crime because they weren’t thinking clearly at the time they committed it.  The insanity defense is real, but it’s…

You may have heard of a necessity defense – but what is it, and could it apply in your case? This guide explains crimes of necessity and when it’s appropriate to use this kind of defense in court.  What is a Crime of Necessity? Necessity is an affirmative defense that’s appropriate in some cases. Your…

Attorney Matthew Fakhoury and Attorney Colleen LeFevour spoke to the Chicago Tribune last week about the backlog of cases at the Leighton Criminal Court that’s holding up some expungement and sealing petitioners. Attorney Fakhoury told the paper, “We’ve seen a breakdown in this process at almost every step,” noting that people whose cases are delayed…

If you’ve watched any crime drama series on TV, you’ve heard all about entrapment – but what is it, really, and could it be a valid defense in your case? Here’s the real truth about entrapment, despite what you’ve seen on-screen. The Real Truth About Entrapment Entrapment is known as an affirmative defense. In an…

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of using self-defense as a reason for committing a crime – but is it the right choice in your case? If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, it may be. Here’s what you need to know. When Should You Claim Self-Defense? Self-defense is the act of using…

There are many ways Chicago criminal defense attorneys can defend their clients – and one of those ways is through the use of an affirmative defense. So what are affirmative defenses, and how do they work? This guide explains.  What is an Affirmative Defense? An affirmative defense is a defense strategy in which the defendant’s…

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