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Category: Criminal Defense

Aggravating Factors in a Chicago Hate Crime

Illinois has defined certain crimes that are committed against people because of particular or perceived characteristics in 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1. Defined as “hate crimes,” these are serious offenses, and can subject offenders to fines, restitution, probation, and even jail time. Bringing a case against someone under Illinois’ hate crime statute requires that the state prove (Read More)

Internet Crimes in Illinois

In recent decades, as the use of and reliance on Internet communications has increased, so has the potential for misuse of the Internet. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that it receives an estimated 300,000 complaints of internet crimes on an annual basis. Illinois has responded to the increase in cybercrime by establishing the (Read More)

Your Constitutional Right to Counsel

If you are facing criminal charges, you may wonder whether if you should hire an attorney to represent you. While many people may consider hiring an attorney, they may not fully realize that they do not just have the option to have a lawyer, but they have the actual right to have counsel if they (Read More)

Classifications of Criminal Charges in Chicago

Illinois law sets out numerous criminal offenses for which you may be charged in criminal court if you are suspected of breaking the law. Some charges can be extremely serious and can put your life-long liberty at stake. Others, in comparison, may seem like a mere slap on the wrist. Additionally, there are many charges (Read More)

What to Expect in a Criminal Trial in Illinois

When you are charged with a crime in Illinois, you have several options. You can plead “guilty” to the offense, which often occurs in exchange for a plea deal arranged between your criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor, usually limiting the penalties you face. You can plead “no contest,” or “nolo contendre,” which means you (Read More)

Chicago Cell Phone Ticket Defense

Earlier this year, Illinois joined several other states in the ountry that ban the use of hand-held cellphones for all drivers. While many people may think that the law is overly prohibitive, distracted driving is a serious issue and is responsible for thousands of accidents and injuries each year. Regardless of the merits or efficacy (Read More)

Illinois Forgery Cases

Illinois Forgery Crimes If arrested for Forgery, you need an Illinois Forgery Attorney to fight for you. While property crimes not involving violence are not often highly publicized, they are taken extremely seriously by Illinois authorities and aggressively prosecuted. As with any other criminal matter, a forgery case has the potential to result in probation, (Read More)

What Types of Warrants May Be Issued?

You have almost certainly heard the word “warrant” in relation to police officers. You may not be aware that there are several different types of warrants that may be issued, each giving the police specific powers. Each type of warrant must be issued by the courts, has certain requirements to obtain, and has limits on (Read More)

The Importance of DNA in Criminal Defense

If you have ever watched crime shows on television such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” or “Cold Case,” you have more than likely heard the characters discussing DNA evidence. While these shows make collecting, processing, and using DNA evidence to track down suspects look easier than it is in reality, DNA does play a significant (Read More)