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…

      If you’re like many people, you know that the Illinois State Police will be setting up DUI checkpoints around 4th of July to catch intoxicated drivers – but what can you do if you get a DUI? Will you go to jail, will it stay on your criminal record forever, and how…

If you’re like many people who have been caught with – or accused of having – drugs in your possession, you’re probably wondering if drug possession is a felony in Illinois.  In some cases, it is. Here’s what you need to know (and what you can do if you’re in a situation like this). In…

If you’re like many people accused of retail theft under $150, you have a lot of questions – and one of them is probably about whether you’re going to go to jail. Here’s what you need to know. Illinois Retail Theft Under $150: Will You Go to Jail? In Illinois, if you’re charged with retail…

“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 many people, you know that crimes are categorized between felonies and misdemeanors in Illinois – but what is a Class A misdemeanor, and what are the possible penalties if you’re convicted of one? First things first: If you’re accused of a Class A misdemeanor, you probably need to talk to a Chicago…

Some people make the mistake of thinking that misdemeanor crimes don’t have serious—and long-lasting—consequences, but that’s simply not true. In fact, misdemeanors can carry extremely serious penalties; they also stay on your criminal record permanently unless you were tried, convicted, and sentenced as a juvenile or you petitioned the court to have them expunged. What to Do…

If you’re like many people with a recent arrest, you’re wondering about Class A misdemeanors in Chicago, Skokie, and Rolling Meadows… and how being convicted of one could change your life. Penalties for Class A Misdemeanors If the court convicts you of this type of misdemeanor—and for the record, this type of misdemeanor is one step below…