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…

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…

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard that pulling a fire alarm when there’s no fire is a crime – but can you go to jail over it? This guide explains whether you can go to jail for pulling a fire alarm (and what other seemingly minor crimes could put you behind bars). Can You…

If you’re like most people, you’ve seen lawyers all over the place advertising free consultations – but what happens during a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney? What can you expect? This guide explains. What Happens During a Free Consultation With a Criminal Defense Attorney? When you book a free consultation with a criminal…

  When you watch a courtroom drama, you’ll hear “Objection!” at least a few times – but what does it really mean, and when do criminal defense lawyers use it? This guide explains What Does “Objection” Mean in Court? An objection is a formal protest that an attorney can use when they disagree about evidence…

If you’re like most people, you know that confessing to a crime can be devastating – the state of Illinois will lock you up and throw away the key. But what about when it comes to your attorney? Most people wonder, “Can I tell my lawyer the truth?” Here’s what you need to know. Can…

If you’ve been accused of a crime, you may need a felony defense attorney in Chicago, Skokie or Rolling Meadows. For most people, that’s the smartest course of action. Working with an attorney can help ensure that you get the best possible outcome – and it’s a way to ensure someone is always there to…

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