If police stop and frisk you, the most important thing to remember is that you have rights. Stay calm and remember them — they’re important. This guide explains. What Should You Do if Police Stop and Frisk You? If police officers stop you for questioning and pat you down to see if you’re carrying any…

In criminal cases, attorney-client privilege is an important concept that protects the confidentiality of information you share with your lawyer. It’s based on the idea that clients should be able to honestly and openly discuss their cases with their lawyers without fear of repercussions. Attorney-Client Privilege in Plain English Put simply, attorney-client privilege means that…

If you’re like many people, you’re wondering whether your lawyer can tell on you – and if they can (or can’t), you’re wondering what types of communications are protected between you. This guide explains. Can Your Lawyer Tell On You? In general, lawyers can’t tell on their clients. Attorney-client privilege exists, and it prevents lawyers…

Illinois takes battery very seriously. Sometimes, battery charges are ; this guide explains aggravated battery in Chicago. Aggravated Battery: When Battery Results in Certain Injuries In the state of Illinois, the crime of battery occurs when one person knowingly, and without legal justification, causes bodily harm to another person or makes physical contact of an…

You may have heard that when the police ask you who you are, you’re legally required to answer – or maybe you’ve heard that you don’t have to answer. This guide explains when the police can demand that you identify yourself and when you have to comply. When Can the Police Force You to Identify…

If you’re caught with mushrooms or other psychedelic drugs, you can get into serious trouble in Illinois – these drugs are illegal, and you could end up spending time in jail for having them. Here’s what you need to know.  What You Need to Know About Psychedelic Drug Charges in Illinois It’s pretty common for…

If you’re like many people, you know that it’s against the law to steal something from a store in Cook County (or anywhere else in Illinois) – but you may not know that in our state, it’s a specific crime called retail theft.  So what is retail theft, and what happens if you’re convicted of…

Home invasion is a criminal offense – and it’s one that could put you behind bars. Unlike many other states, Illinois considers unlawfully entering someone’s property different crime than burglary or residential burglary. Here’s what you need to know. Home Invasion: Everything You Need to Know if You’re Charged in Illinois Home invasion, under Illinois…

When you’re in police custody, which means you’ve been arrested and you cannot leave, you have rights – but what are they, and what can you do? Here’s what you need to know, before and after you call a Chicago criminal defense lawyer. What Are Your Rights in Police Custody? When the police arrest you,…

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…

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