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A drug-related felony conviction can change your life. People with a felony drug conviction often struggle to find adequate housing, let alone a good career or educational opportunities. The “collateral consequences” of a drug-related felony are often worse than any judicial punishment. Even seemingly minor conduct involving controlled substances can lead to a felony conviction. The line between a misdemeanor and a felony is very thin when it comes to drug enforcement. Many people who are charged with a drug felony are not hardened drug dealers – they are members of the community struggling with addiction. Even possessing certain types
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Domestic violence charges often lead to harsher sentencing than simple assaults. They are also a lot more stigmatized. One of the main differences between domestic violence and assault is who the victim is. A lot of people believe that “domestic violence” and “intimate partner violence” are synonymous, but they are not. In Illinois, you could be charged with domestic violence for assaulting someone who is related to you, who lives in your household, or who you used to be romantically involved with. It is not limited to someone you are currently in a relationship with. A lot of people are
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It is commonly believed that you cannot get in legal trouble for drugs if you do not have any drugs on you. Unfortunately, you can still be arrested if you do not have any drugs, but do have the tools to use them. Interpreting the laws surrounding drug paraphernalia can be complicated. A lot of normal household items, like cotton balls, can be used to prepare illegal substances for use. Then, there are types of pipes that could be used legally for tobacco or cannabis, or illegally for smoking other drugs. If you find yourself facing charges for possessing drug
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The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects Americans’ right to own firearms. However, the right to own or carry a gun is limited by federal and Illinois laws. The Illinois Firearms Restraining Order Act, often called the “red flag law,” allows for the confiscation of an individual’s firearms and prohibits the person from purchasing additional firearms. If you own a firearm in Illinois or you are facing criminal charges related to the possession or use of a firearm, it is crucial that you understand how red flag laws can affect you.
Suspension of a Person’s Firearm Privileges
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Shoplifting and other forms of retail theft have been on the rise for the last few years. Many people who take something from the store without paying see the act as a victimless crime. Stealing an item from a big box store with millions of dollars in assets may seem inconsequential. However, being convicted of retail theft can have serious repercussions. In some cases, shoplifting can even be a felony offense.
If you or a loved one were accused of theft, contact a criminal defense lawyer for personalized legal help right away.
Misdemeanor Charges for Shoplifting
The severity of theft
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Criminal records are public information. If someone is charged with a crime, anyone can view the arrest record with a few clicks of the mouse button. Not only does a criminal record harm an individual’s personal reputation, it can also prevent that person from securing adequate housing and employment.
If you have a criminal record, you may be interested in getting your record expunged. Read on to learn about expungement and record sealing in Illinois.
Do I Have a Criminal Record if I Was Never Convicted?
In the United States, people are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.
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Illinois is one of 18 states that legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, that does not mean that anyone can use this substance at anytime without consequence. There are still many marijuana-related laws on the books, including laws limiting the quantity of marijuana a person can possess and where he or she can possess it. For example, Illinois law prohibits the use of cannabis in schools or on public transportation. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis.
If you or a loved one were charged with a cannabis-related offense, do not make
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Everyone should be aware of their rights – whether they are currently involved in the criminal justice system or not. The United States Constitution and state-level legislation protect our right to avoid self-incrimination, be free from unreasonable searches of our property, and much more.
If you or a loved one were arrested for a criminal offense, it is even more crucial that you fully understand the rights and responsibilities of criminal defendants. Part of this understanding requires myths and rumors about the police to be debunked.

Myth: The Police Must Identify Themselves as Law Enforcement Officers
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Did you know that the human brain does not finish developing until a person is in their mid to late 20s? The prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that regulates impulse control and problem-solving, is one of the last parts of the brain to reach full development. It is no surprise that teenagers and young people sometimes make rash, irresponsible decisions.
If your child was charged with theft, possession of a fake ID, assault, drunk driving, or another criminal offense, do not lose hope. The state of Illinois recognizes that many juvenile offenders are good people who made
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A misdemeanor DUI is bad enough. You could face a bit of jail time, and you will probably have your license revoked for a period of time. However, when you are facing felony charges related to a DUI, your situation is very serious. You could be facing more than a year of prison time, and it could be much longer than a year depending on the particular circumstances. Charging a DUI as a felony is an extreme way to handle extreme DUI cases. For you to be charged with a felony DUI, there must have been some fact or
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While battery is typically only a misdemeanor in Illinois, aggravated battery is a felony. Battery is defined as causing physical harm to or making physical contact with a person in a way that is insulting or provoking. A single slap or spitting on someone may be considered a simple (misdemeanor) battery. When aggravated battery is charged, it is because there were circumstances present that make the attack much more serious. 
Depending on the circumstances, aggravated battery could be charged as anything between a Class 3 felony and a Class X felony – which could carry a life sentence. If you
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There is a very good reason that every defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty – some of them are indeed genuinely innocent of the crime they are accused of. Getting arrested and charged is going to be unpleasant no matter what, but winding up in handcuffs over something you did not do can be downright traumatic. Getting accused of something you flat-out did not do is a horrible feeling. Actually facing criminal prosecution for a crime you are not guilty of is terrifying. 
If you have found yourself in this situation, it is important that you secure strong legal
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Getting arrested is not very romantic, and jail is not a pleasant place to spend Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, crime tends to spike on Valentine’s Day – which is true of most holidays. Between Valentine’s Day and Superbowl Sunday, the local jails may be quite crowded. Some crimes are more common than others on this holiday for sweethearts. From drunk driving to domestic violence, increased alcohol consumption often plays a role in holiday arrests. 
If you find yourself charged with a crime this Valentine’s Day, it is important that you take your case seriously, even if it seems like a rather
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Public opinions about certain substances, like marijuana, have changed significantly in the last few decades. However, cocaine is still an illicit substance and criminal charges for cocaine possession are harsh. If you or a loved one were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, reach out to a lawyer for personalized guidance on how to handle the situation.

Possession of Cocaine
Cocaine is considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance in Illinois. Schedule 1 drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical purpose. Consequently, possession of cocaine is considered a serious criminal offense. If you are caught
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There are two main chemical tests used to determine a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The first is a breath test, often called a breathalyzer, that determines blood alcohol based on the amount of alcohol on the test taker’s breath. The second is a blood test that directly determines the amount of alcohol in the subject’s blood. However, these tests are not infallible. False positives and inaccurate results can be caused by human error, improper storage, defective devices, and several other issues. If you or a loved one are facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI), do
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According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is more closely associated with aggressive behavior than any other drug. Unfortunately, this makes bar fights a common occurrence in DuPage County and throughout the state. Police are often called to the scene when a bar fight results in serious injury. In the chaotic aftermath of a fight, police may not immediately know which parties are the aggressors and which are the victims. If you were arrested after a bar fight, you may be facing charges for assault or aggravated assault. These offenses are punishable by significant criminal consequences, including imprisonment so
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