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The stores are flooded with many people out buying gifts for family and friends this holiday season. A large portion of these individuals will likely be using their credit cards and might not otherwise be aware of additional unauthorized purchases on their bank statements. Illinois takes credit card fraud very seriously, and a conviction can see alleged criminals facing lengthy jail sentences. For defense against credit card fraud charges, it would be wise to consult an attorney.
Credit Card Fraud Defined By Illinois Law
Many different crimes can fall under credit card fraud, which include:

  • False statements made for


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When pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you run the risk of being arrested and having your car impounded. Once arrested, the officer who arrested you can have your car towed and impounded if no one is available to drive the vehicle. Once you are released, retrieving your impounded vehicle can be very difficult and expensive. Facing a DUI charge and attempting to retrieve your car from an impound lot can be made easier through a skilled and experienced attorney.
Facing Vehicle Impoundment
After an arrest, leaving your vehicle in the area you
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Sex crime charges and convictions carry life-changing consequences and need to be taken seriously. When facing such charges, you are encouraged to seek professional legal counsel immediately. Understanding the charges being levied against you and how to combat them is important to your defense. An aggressive attorney with experience defending clients against sex crimes is your best bet to protect your reputation while upholding your rights.
Avoid Self-Incrimination
Once you have been accused of a sex crime, it is in your best interest to remain silent. This means you do not discuss the case with anyone other than your legal
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Not to be confused with criminal negligence, reckless homicide involves the “reckless behavior” of an individual which results in the death of another person. Most states place reckless homicide on the same level as involuntary manslaughter. In Illinois, reckless homicide is sometimes referred to as vehicular homicide and can often be difficult to prove in a court of law. Defendants needing assistance in their case would do well to consult with a criminal defense attorney experienced in reckless homicide charges.
What is Criminal Negligence?
A criminally negligent act involves an individual behaving outside of the standard for a reasonable person
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Marijuana is officially legal in Illinois, and individuals can purchase it from a licensed dispensary as long as they can show a valid photo ID. However, there are still ways that possessing or smoking marijuana can still get you into trouble with the law. When facing possession charges for drugs, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Remaining proactive can help your attorney formulate a solid defense to any charges being levied against you.
How Much is Too Much?
In Illinois, it is legal to possess marijuana in quantities of 30 grams or less. Individuals carrying this
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Sexual misconduct allegations for “date rape” carry with them severe consequences on more than just a legal level. False allegations of this kind can create a ripple effect throughout many aspects of your life, causing immense harm and crippling its potential. You will want to secure yourself a skilled lawyer experienced in defending clients against sex crime charges to help keep your head above water throughout the entire ordeal.
What is “Date Rape”?
When one person or party sexually assaults another person or party with penetration, that is considered rape. Date rape often occurs in a social situation
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When a person commits a crime against another person or group based on their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation, that is considered a hate crime. Hate crimes can be both non-violent and violent. Stalking and harassment can be just as much a hate crime as theft or assault. The difficulty is proving whether a crime is hateful or just a crime. A skilled defense attorney can help protect your rights and defend you in court if you are accused of a hate crime.
Proving a Hate Crime
A prosecutor must convince the judge or jury that the
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When an officer pulls you over under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) they may request you to take a field sobriety test. A field sobriety test may consist of blowing into a breathalyzer or an array of physical feats such as walking a straight line and turning or standing on one leg. Individuals facing DUI charges should consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. They can defend you against these charges and fight to get them reduced or thrown out.
Am I Legally Required to Take a Field Sobriety Test?
The short answer is no. You
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The outcome of your criminal defense case can depend on the quality of who you choose to defend you. Selecting the right attorney is almost as important as winning the case outright. No matter what you are being accused of, be it drug charges, sex offenses, or violent crimes, a good lawyer can be the difference between walking away or going away for a long time.
Do They Have a Good Reputation?
Choose an attorney who is respected. An attorney with a good reputation should have references or testimonials from past clients to back it up. Do
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Halloween season is upon us, and that usually means more than ghosts and ghouls are engaged in things they probably should not be doing. Driving under the influence (DUI), property crimes, disorderly conduct, and more can turn your trick or treat celebration into a nightmare. Avoid the outcomes of these crimes by properly planning ahead.
As Halloween approaches, it is a great idea to have a reliable and skilled attorney on speed dial, one with enough experience defending individuals accused of the common criminal occurrences that happen around this time of year.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Drunk
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A police officer who suspects you to have been driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol can pull you over and request a breathalyzer test. Illinois law considers driving a privilege, and as such, once you are behind the wheel of a vehicle you are giving implied consent to being tested.
Refusal of a breathalyzer test can result in serious legal consequences even if you have not been drinking at all. For this reason, it is important to hire legal representation to help fight any charges you might be facing.
Implied Consent
Illinois is an “implied consent
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Illinois is one of eight states where the legal age of consent for sexual contact is 17 years old. Anyone who engages in sexual activity with a partner under the age of consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony. This includes minors with adults as well as minors with other minors.
Are you being accused of criminal sexual abuse or assault? Then it is in your best interest to speak to a lawyer immediately. These are serious crimes with serious penalties, and you need someone on your side
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Sex crime cases are some of the most serious and sensitive cases that can be prosecuted. The accused faces the possibility of long prison sentences, registration as a sex offender, and other lifelong consequences.
It is important to have experienced legal representation in these cases to protect your rights and interests. The sooner you get legal representation, the better your chances of a positive outcome.
A criminal defense attorney in Illinois can help you in many ways in a sex crime case. They can:

  • Investigate the case and gather evidence to support your defense
  • Negotiate with the prosecutor to try


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As a parent, you must understand how to mount a defense when your child has been charged with criminal trespass in Illinois. There are a few common defenses that can be used in this scenario. These defenses can help make it easier on your child when dealing with the legal repercussions of the charges they may be facing.
To understand the legal proceedings, when a child is charged with criminal trespass, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. An Illinois criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges against your child and develop a
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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense. Any DUI charges can lead to serious penalties, including large fines, possible jail time, and the loss of your driver’s license. However, there are some issues that can make DUI charges even more serious, and in some cases, felony charges may apply. 
Child passengers are one issue that can increase the severity of DUI charges. Depending on whether you had any previous DUI convictions and whether the child suffered an injury, these cases can have legal consequences that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are facing
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White collar crimes are non-violent offenses that usually involve deceit, deception, or breach of trust for financial gain. These types of crimes are often committed by individuals in positions of power or authority within businesses, corporations, or government entities. In Illinois, white collar crimes can have serious legal consequences, and they can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment. Some common types of white collar offenses that may lead to criminal charges in Illinois include:
1. Fraud
Fraud is one of the most prevalent forms of white collar crime in Illinois. It involves intentional deception or misrepresentation that results in
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