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Out of all of the crimes that you could be accused of committing, sex crimes are some of the most unforgiving and harsh offenses to face. Sex crimes, such as sexual assault, are some of the most underreported crimes ever, yet they still appear in alarming numbers across the country. According to FBI crime statistics, there were nearly 140,000 police-reported cases of rape and sexual assault across the country in 2019. Sexual assault is a serious crime and is punished accordingly in Illinois; however, charges can be elevated even more to felony charges in certain circumstances.  Sexual Assault According…
Beginning in early 2020, the state of Illinois legalized the sale, purchase, and use of recreational marijuana, effectively decriminalizing the substance in most situations. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) made it legal for most adults over the age of 21 to consume, sell, or purchase cannabis. The Act also contained important legislation detailing the process and timeframe for expungement, sealing, or pardoning of eligible marijuana-related criminal records. Now more than one year later, nearly 500,000 non-felony marijuana-related arrest records have been expunged. Expungement of your prior cannabis-related arrest records can have a very positive…
For many people, 2020 has been a stressful, never-ending nightmare of a year. One of the most significant and deadliest viruses in modern history, COVID-19, spread like wildfire and continues to rage on in certain parts of the world. Thankfully, there is a light at the end of the 2020 tunnel with a vaccine starting to be administered. Many people use the holiday as an evening to celebrate the going of the past year and to welcome the near year in, but your new year could get off to a troubled start if you do not celebrate your New Year’s…
No matter what your feelings are on the subject, the truth of the matter is that more and more states have been legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana for adults. Currently, marijuana is still illegal by the standards of the federal government and classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse and does not have any medical benefit. However, since states have the ability to create and implement their own laws, there are some states in the country that allow adults to consume and possess marijuana, although there are typically specific laws…
Across the United States, the process for being legally permitted to own and conceal carry a firearm is different, depending on which state you are a resident of. In Illinois, the process to purchase a firearm as well as the process to obtain a concealed carry license (CCL) can be lengthy and considered a hassle by some, but it has protections in place meant to keep citizens safe. When these processes are not followed or are otherwise violated, you can actually be charged with a crime and face the penalties for it. If you are facing any type of weapons
One of the most common crimes committed on the roads of Illinois is driving while under the influence (DUI). According to data from the Illinois Secretary of State, there were more than 26,200 drivers arrested for DUI across the state of Illinois in 2019. Being charged with driving while you are impaired can result in serious penalties, such as jail time, driver’s license revocation, and fines. However, certain circumstances can dictate how severe your penalties are, including what your BAC level is. In Illinois, a higher BAC could also mean a more serious sentence. Hiring an Illinois DUI defense lawyer…
In today’s world, everyone is busier than ever, especially parents. Every second of every day seems to be filled with something, making it necessary to save time anywhere you can. In some cases, there just is not enough time to take your child in and out of their car seat every time you have to run an errand, especially if you are just making a quick stop, such as picking up prescriptions. According to Safe Kids, around 14 percent of parents have admitted to intentionally leaving their infants, toddlers, and kindergarten-aged children in a parked vehicle. While this may seem…
For most people, the thought of drug crimes elicits images of dangerous substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. What many people fail to realize is that “street drugs,” such as cocaine and the like, are not the only type of drugs that you can get into trouble for possessing. Certain drugs that are used to treat medical conditions are technically legal to possess and consume — but only if you have a valid prescription. If you do not have a current prescription and you are caught in possession of these drugs, you could be charged with prescription drug possession
Much of the anxiety and trepidation that comes when you are arrested for a crime is simply a result of not knowing how your case will resolve. In many cases, a person will be arrested, arraigned on his or her charges, and then will not actually go to trial for several months because of the backlog of court cases. During this period of time, there are some people who are required to await their trial in jail, whereas others are able to pass the time by going about their lives in a modified manner. This is called pretrial release and…
If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Illinois, the court has to determine if they must hold you until your first court date, or if you can be released while awaiting trial. If you are released on bail, you must post a bond. A bond is an official document that states that you will appear at your trial or face additional consequences and can be secured through monetary means or through your own recognizance if the judge does not deem you a flight risk. Being released from jail on bail also almost always means that there will…
For decades, various organizations have aimed to educate and advocate for those who have been victims of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual abuse. Unfortunately, these issues are still all too prevalent in the United States. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in America will experience some form of rape, stalking, and/or physical abuse by an intimate partner. In the state of Illinois, committing acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other acts of violence is illegal. Because these crimes are often so personal in nature, orders of…
Domestic violence is a serious systemic issue that has plagued the United States for years. As a response, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials have taken an aggressive approach to combat the issue, but it still remains prevalent in the country. According to data compiled by The National Domestic Violence Hotline, around 29 percent of women and 10 percent of men have reported experiencing rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. In Illinois, domestic violence is a crime that can be elevated to a felony, depending on the specifics of the case. Felonies are crimes that carry serious…
Being pulled over by the police is something that almost all of us will experience at some point in our lifetimes. Whether the stop is for something trivial, such as a broken tail light, or a violation that is more serious, such as aggravated speeding or DUI, it can be stressful no matter what. Much of the anxiety and uncertainty that comes from a traffic stop often stems from the lack of interaction and knowledge of what to do when interacting with police. Traffic stops can end up ultimately resulting in serious criminal charges for various things, including inappropriate…
Most people know that when they are convicted of a crime, the conviction will likely affect their lives in some way in the future. When it comes to certain offenses, such as sex crimes, the effect on your future can be a bit more severe than other crimes. Much of this is due to the fact that a conviction for most sex crimes will typically require you to register as a sex offender. Being a registered sex offender means you could be limited as to where you can live and work and you could also be subject to other requirements.…
For anyone who finds themselves in trouble with the law, their involvement with the criminal justice system begins with an arrest. There are many rules governing arrests and how they must be performed, all to protect the constitutional rights of the arrestee, who is by default, innocent until proven guilty. Many defendants facing a variety of charges may find that they were the subject of a search warrant, which is a document that allows police officers to enter certain places to attempt to retrieve evidence. However, in recent months, a specific type of search warrant, dubbed a “no-knock” search warrant,…
The fight or flight response is a natural response that the human body has to stress or outside stimuli to determine if you are going to flee from the impending danger or stay and fight. In dire situations, the will to stay alive is a primal instinct and would lead you to do things that you would not normally do, such as using extreme force. This is why self-defense laws exist, or in Illinois’ case, the justifiable use of force laws. If you have been charged with assault and/or battery in Illinois, you may be able to argue that your…