Cook County has (sort-of) closed its courts for at least a month – but that doesn’t mean that if you’re in trouble, you can’t get help. And the courts are still running, although “there will be fewer cases,” according to a statement from Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office. If Your Loved One is in Jail…

Chicago police are reporting an uptick in theft during the coronavirus pandemic – even as businesses are closing and people are closing themselves in their homes. If you’re one of the people accused of stealing something during the pandemic (or if you were accused of stealing something before people started closing businesses), you might want…

How much should you tell your criminal defense lawyer? Many people who have been accused of crimes in Illinois want a lawyer’s guidance – but they’re not quite sure just how much to tell an attorney. Should you tell him if you’re guilty of a crime? Should you tell him about other crimes that the…

If you’re pulled over because a police officer suspects you’ve been drinking and driving – or that you’re on illicit drugs – there are some things you can do to preserve your rights. What to Do if You’re Pulled Over for DUI in Illinois When the police pull you over, you should be cooperative –…

The Illinois Compiled Statutes define retail theft in several ways – but no matter how you slice it, retail theft is a crime. Under the ILCS, retail theft comes down to: Taking property from a merchant Changing price labels Switching containers Undercharging a customer in a retail establishment Exchanging stolen items in a store for…

Disorderly conduct, in Illinois, is a criminal charge – and it’s one that could land you in jail. Here are three things you need to know. Disorderly Conduct in Illinois: 3 Things You Need to Know Disorderly conduct can be a misdemeanor or a felony. A lot of people refer to it as a “catch-all”…

  Do you need an attorney for felony charges? If you’ve been arrested for a felony, whether it’s related to drinking and driving, robbery or a sex crime (or anything else), you might want to work with an attorney. Here’s what you need to know. Do You Need an Attorney for Felony Charges? Many people…

  If you’re charged with a crime in Illinois, it could be a misdemeanor or a felony. Both types of crimes are categorized into classes, and each class carries its own penalties. The classes of felonies in Illinois range in severity from Class 4 to Class X, with Class 4 being the “least serious.” Here’s…

The holidays are prime time for DUIs in Chicago and the surrounding communities. Police often set up checkpoints throughout major cities – and that can spell disaster for anyone who’s drinking and driving. What to Do if You’re Pulled Over for DUI in Chicago This Holiday Season If you get pulled over by the police,…

If you’re convicted of drunk driving, you’ll face serious consequences like jail time, the loss of your driving privileges and more – and the conviction will stay on your record forever. So are there any good DUI defenses that you could use? Here’s what you need to know. DUI Defenses in Illinois Many people choose…

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