Law Office of Philip R. Nathe Blog

Blog Authors

Latest from Law Office of Philip R. Nathe Blog

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

Continue Reading The Importance of Legal Representation in Sex Crime Cases

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
Continue Reading What Are Defenses to a Juvenile Criminal Trespass Charge?

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
Continue Reading How Will the Presence of a Child Passenger Affect DUI Charges?

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
Continue Reading What Are the Most Common Types of White Collar Crimes in Illinois?

Offenses related to child pornography are serious crimes that may involve the production, distribution, or possession of sexually explicit images or videos involving minors. In Illinois, child pornography charges are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials and prosecutors, and they carry severe consequences for people who are convicted of these offenses. If you or someone you know are facing child pornography charges in Illinois, it is crucial to understand the potential legal ramifications, and with the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can take steps to defend against these charges and avoid a sex crime conviction.
The Legal
Continue Reading What Are the Consequences of Child Pornography Charges in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, robbery is a serious crime that involves stealing property from another person through the use of force or threats to commit harm. There are different degrees of robbery depending on the circumstances and severity of the offense. By understanding what constitutes robbery, armed robbery, and aggravated robbery according to Illinois law and working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, people charged with these offenses can determine their best options for defending against a conviction.
Robbery is defined as knowingly taking property from another individual by using force or threatening the imminent use of force.
Continue Reading What Is Robbery, Armed Robbery, or Aggravated Robbery in Illinois?

Child abuse and neglect are serious offenses that can have long-lasting effects on a child’s physical and emotional well-being. In the state of Illinois, parents can face criminal charges if they are accused of abuse or neglect of their children. These charges can carry severe penalties, including imprisonment and the loss of parental rights.
Child Abuse and Neglect Laws in Illinois
Under Illinois law, child abuse may involve the infliction of injuries to a child, allowing a child to suffer harm, or putting a child in a situation where there is a substantial risk that they may be
Continue Reading Can a Parent Face Criminal Charges Related to Child Abuse or Neglect?

The state of Illinois takes the safety and well-being of children very seriously. In an effort to protect minors from online predators, the state has enacted laws specifically targeting those who contact children over the internet and attempt to engage in inappropriate sexual behavior. The offense of online solicitation of a child involves using the internet or other electronic means to communicate with a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. This is a very serious sex crime, and anyone who has been accused of this offense or any other related charges will need to understand
Continue Reading What Is the Offense of Online Solicitation of a Child in Illinois?

If you have been charged with DUI (driving under the influence) in Illinois, and your actions allegedly resulted in someone else’s injury or death, you may face severe penalties. DUI accidents that cause harm to others are taken very seriously by the legal system, and the consequences can be life-altering. It is crucial to understand the potential penalties you may face if you are convicted of DUI or any related offenses following an accident in which someone was injured or killed. 
DUI With Injury
If drunk or intoxicated driving led to an accident, the specific charges you may face will
Continue Reading What Are the Penalties for DUI Resulting in Injury or Death in Illinois?

Shoplifting is a crime that involves taking merchandise from a store without paying for it. In the state of Illinois, shoplifting is known as retail theft, and the specific charges and penalties will depend on the value of the items that were allegedly stolen. If you have been accused of shoplifting in Illinois, or if you have been arrested and charged with retail theft, it is important to understand the potential penalties you may face if you are convicted. In some cases, you could face felony charges, which could result in being sentenced to more than one year
Continue Reading Can You Go to Jail for Shoplifting in Illinois?

Having a criminal record can stand in the way of a lot of things. Especially if your offense was a felony, you may find that a lot of doors are now closed to you. You should know that there may be options for moving past your criminal record and starting over. Expungement or sealing of your criminal record can effectively erase what happened and reopen doors for you in your future. It is important to note that not every offense can be sealed or expunged. Certain crimes, such as DUIs and sex offenses generally cannot be expunged or sealed. While
Continue Reading 4 Reasons to Seal or Expunge Your Criminal Record

Theft can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on factors like the value of property stolen and whether a weapon was used. Burglary, on the other hand, is a felony in Illinois, whether it is committed on a residential dwelling, a business, or even a vehicle. While the motivation for burglary is often to steal property found inside, the intention to do so is not required for a burglary conviction. Burglary is a very serious charge in Illinois. If you are convicted, you are very likely to face time in jail or prison. The differences between burglary, theft,
Continue Reading Illinois Burglary Charges Explained

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in Illinois. DUI charges can lead to severe consequences such as driver’s license suspension or revocation, thousands of dollars in fines, and jail time. While all DUI charges should be taken seriously, those who are arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving should be aware of when they could potentially be charged with a felony. A conviction on felony DUI charges will usually result in a prison sentence of at least one year, as well as other penalties. Anyone who could potentially face felony charges related to drunk driving
Continue Reading When Can Drunk Driving Lead to Felony DUI Charges in Illinois?

There are a variety of situations where people may be charged with sex crimes, and sexual assault is one of the most serious of these offenses. In Illinois, individuals accused of this crime face significant penalties, including jail time, fines, and a lifetime of stigma. Unfortunately, there are some situations where people may be falsely accused of sexual assault or where the parties involved in a situation may disagree about what actually happened. Sexual assault cases will often rest on the issue of consent, and criminal charges may be based on claims that a person engaged in sexual behavior
Continue Reading Understanding the Issue of Consent in Sexual Assault Cases

Few criminal offenses are as serious as murder. Someone who is accused of intentionally killing someone else will usually be investigated by law enforcement and prosecuted on homicide charges. Because of the serious nature of this offense, a conviction is likely to lead to severe penalties, including the possibility of life in prison. However, the specific charges related to murder can vary depending on the situation, so it is important to understand the issues that can play a role in these cases. Regardless of the nature of homicide charges, it is crucial for a defendant to be represented by
Continue Reading When Can a Person Be Convicted of Murder in Illinois?

Whether they are handled at the state or federal level, drug-related offenses are taken very seriously, and those who are convicted are likely to face harsh penalties. In many cases, the most serious drug charges will involve accusations of drug trafficking. Large-scale schemes in which controlled substances are imported into the United States, transported across state lines, or distributed to people in multiple jurisdictions may lead to federal drug charges for those who have allegedly been involved in this activity. Anyone who is being investigated for offenses related to drug trafficking at the federal level will need to understand
Continue Reading What Are the Penalties for a Federal Drug Trafficking Conviction?