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Police officers must read Miranda Rights to anybody they plan on detaining for questioning following an arrest. Although law enforcement is required to inform you that you have the right to remain silent and to contact an attorney, they will likely not inform you of how to take advantage of these rights.
If you want to ensure that your rights are protected, you need to speak with our Chicago criminal defense attorney. With over a decade of criminal defense experience, he is ready to assist you following an arrest for a federal or state-level crime.
What are Miranda Rights?
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If you have been charged with a federal crime, you may be facing prison time and steep fines. Although you may not be formally notified, federal agencies routinely investigate suspects of federal crimes.
If you have reason to believe that you are under investigation, do not wait to reach out to Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro. In this article, our Chicago federal crimes attorney discusses the telltale signs that you are under federal criminal investigation.
Receiving a Target Letter
Receiving a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice or U.S. Attorney’s Office is a sure sign that you
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Convincing evidence can make the difference between being found guilty or not guilty of a crime. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will know what evidence is needed to support an acquittal in a criminal case. In investigating your case, a criminal defense lawyer will know what avenues to pursue to obtain relevant evidence.
If you are facing criminal allegations, you need a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who has experience representing individuals charged with a variety of offenses. Below, we will discuss the most frequent types of evidence used in criminal investigations.
Physical Evidence
Physical evidence, also called real evidence, is
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The popularity of TikTok videos has fueled the theft of motor vehicles in the past few years. In 2023, there were a reported 29,063 stolen vehicles in the Windy City. Earlier this year, there were 457 vehicles stolen in a single week.
If you have been accused of stealing a motor vehicle in Chicago, you deserve dependable legal counsel. Our Chicago motor vehicle theft attorney would like to discuss the legal implications of motor vehicle theft charges.
Illinois Law Against Car Theft
According to 625 ILCS 5/4-103, you will be considered in possession of a stolen motor vehicle if
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “violence only begets more violence. It is a never-ending cycle.” While true, some people do take the life of another person for countless reasons.
While killing another person is considered the most atrocious offense one person could commit, the law does not see all killings the same. The law classifies homicides based on the offender’s state of mind during the commission of the act. Illinois law is no different.
If you are facing homicide charges, you need a Chicago criminal defense lawyer to defend these heinous charges levied against you.
Murder versus
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Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, drug trafficking occurs when anyone knowingly brings or helps to bring a controlled substance into the state with the intent to manufacture or deliver the drug.
In a recent year, the Prairie State was home to 406 drug arrests per 100,000 people. Due to the danger drug trafficking poses to public safety, these charges are often more severe than simple possession charges.
An experienced Chicago drug trafficking lawyer can give you an overview of drug trafficking and the types of penalties you may be up against if you are convicted.
What are the Penalties
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Illinois law defines battery as any unwanted physical contact that is provoking or insulting or causes another person bodily harm. Battery is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a potential sentence of one year in prison and a fine of $2,500.
However, there are circumstances in which a battery charge can become an aggravated battery charge. Certain factors can enhance the charge, resulting in steeper fines and additional jail time. These factors can make the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge.
If you have been arrested or charged with battery, do not hesitate to contact a Chicago assault
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If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you may be facing jail time, probation, and hefty fines. However, after you are released, you will be required to register on the sex offender registry.
The registry is available to the public, and the collateral consequences can affect your ability to live a normal life. If you have been accused of a sex crime, it is critical that you hire a Chicago sex crimes attorney to protect your good name.
You Might Be Listed on the Sex Offender Registry
If you have been convicted of a sex crime in Illinois,
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Eyewitness testimony can sway a jury from a not-guilty to a guilty verdict, or vice versa. This testimony is often more widely available and can be used on its own to convict a defendant in a criminal trial. 
While an eyewitness may testify to seeing certain events unfold, many eyewitnesses are mistaken. An estimated 77,000 suspects are arrested each year on eyewitness testimony. However, studies show that mistaken eyewitness testimony can be attributed to more than 50% of all wrongful convictions.
If you have been charged with a crime, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Chicago criminal defense
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A person’s intent behind a killing can make the difference between life in prison and a shorter sentence. While first-degree murder carries a prison sentence of twenty years to life in prison, manslaughter normally will require the offender to spend less than 15 years in jail.
Below, we provide an overview of manslaughter and murder charges and how intent can determine the severity of your punishment. If you are facing charges, speak with our Chicago criminal defense lawyer directly.
First-Degree Murder
In Illinois, first-degree murder requires the prosecutor to prove one of the following three elements at trial:
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Every state has different laws regarding self-defense. Illinois allows the use of self-defense if you are trying to protect yourself against someone illegally entering your property or if you are being attacked.
While the use of self-defense may be justified, it can lead to killing another person. If you used self-defense and are now facing homicide charges, you need to speak with a Chicago homicide defense attorney today.
Is Self-Defense Permitted in Illinois?
According to Illinois law 720 ILCS 5/7-1, a person is allowed to use self-defense “to the extent that he reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to
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The Prairie State is no stranger to crime. In the past three decades, there have been 1.5 million offenders charged with a felony in Illinois. 
Illinois classifies felonies based on severity, ranging from a Class 4 felony (least serious) to a Class X felony (most serious).
If you have been charged with a Class 1 felony in Illinois, never wait to seek help from a Chicago criminal defense lawyer
Class 1 Felony Crimes in Illinois
A Class 1 felony is the second most serious type of felony in Illinois. The most common type of class 1 felonies in Illinois
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As of February 2023, over 786,000 people were listed as offenders on state sex offender registries. Some of these offenders could likely have received lesser sentences if they had hired an accomplished attorney to represent their interests in court.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in Illinois, you need dedicated representation from an aggressive Chicago criminal defense attorney.
What is Classified as a Sex Crime? 
A sex crime involves any unlawful act that has a sexual element. Many crimes involve sexual violence, which refers to unwanted or coerced sexual behavior. Sex crimes may or may not
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Being arrested on criminal charges in Illinois can have severe legal, financial, social, and emotional costs. If you are accused of a crime in the Chicago area or if you have learned or suspect a pending investigation involving you, it is critical to a well-versed Chicago criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Such an attorney is prepared to advocate fervently on your behalf while bringing resources, skill, and knowledge to your criminal defense strategy.
Can Your Charges be Dismissed or Reduced?
In some cases, criminal charges can be reduced or even dismissed. When a seasoned Chicago criminal defense lawyer
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Being convicted of a sex offense means a lot more than simply being convicted of a crime and serving jail time. Not only will convicted offenders be sentenced to a term of imprisonment and have to pay hefty fines, but they will also have to register as a sex offender. As such, hiring a skilled Cook County criminal defense lawyer is of utmost importance if you are facing charges for a sexual offense.
Sex offender registration was broadly implemented during the 1990s to increase community awareness of sex offenders to further build community safety.  The sex offender registry typically
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