“Should I reopen my business while the stay-at-home order is still in effect in Illinois?” Many people are asking that question – especially after seeing our neighboring states reopen local businesses. But if you’re in Illinois, it’s a hard no. That’s because if you reopen your business despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, you’re facing…

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of disorderly conduct charges – but did you know that “disorderly conduct” is more of an umbrella term? It covers a lot of things; it’s kind-of a catch-all for police and the courts. They use the crime of disorderly conduct to describe any offense that disturbs the peace…

The weather is finally getting nicer, the sun is shining and the days are longer – and we all have to stay at home. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a “Stay-at-Home” order that’s in place until April 7 (as of now, anyway), and if you violate it, you could be facing all kinds of…

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…

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