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UNDERSTANDING DRUG CHARGES IN ILLINOIS

The nation has been changing its stance on drugs like marijuana and, in attempting to keep up to speed, some citizens are having trouble understanding how and what drugs are still illegal in which jurisdictions and under what conditions.  In this article, we will discuss controlled dangerous substances generally in Illinois and provide a clear

CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ILLINOIS

Criminal sexual assault is a serious crime for which you can pay dearly if you are convicted. It is important to understand what actions constitute sexual assault and what actions can turn sexual assault into aggravated sexual assault or predatory sexual assault. If you have been charged with sexual assault, it is important to know

UNDERSTANDING ROBBERY CHARGES IN ILLINOIS

Robbery is a complex crime with many forms and many people fail to understand its extent.  Each of the various robbery offenses are violent felonies under Illinois law.  It is important, however, to know how various actions can turn a plain robbery into another type of robbery, say aggravated robbery for example, and the difference

CDL TICKETS

When driving is your job, your driving record is even more important than usual.  The ramifications for significant and insignificant traffic infractions can be steep and can threaten your livelihood.  Ensuring that you know how to avoid certain infractions that could jeopardize your career and knowing who to call if you find that you have

COMMON INTERNET CRIMES

As the internet continues making waves and connecting people, one of the most serious concerns about this access is the exposure that many people now have to various types of fraud and crimes online.  From e-commerce to dating sites and direct messages on social media sites, there are so many avenues for internet crime.  If

LICENSE REINSTATEMENT

Driving privileges mark the touchstone of productivity for many people. Depending on where you live, it may be more practical to drive to work or to run various errands, especially if you have children to transport.  When you lose your license due to a DUI or DWI, you will have to go through a process

DEFENSES TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES

As one of the more sensitive topics that few like to discuss, domestic violence is a serious issue that comes with significant negative consequences when someone commits it.  Even allegations of domestic battery are taken seriously; it is important to have an impeccable defense if you or someone you know has been charged with domestic battery.

DUI DURING PROM AND THE SUMMER MONTHS

At this time in the year, young people all over the country are ready to partake in the prom season.  Hailed as one of the most enjoyable nights of a high school senior’s life, prom night marks what many consider one of the last and most significant celebrations before leaving high school.  Despite this time

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGES IN ILLINOIS

A domestic battery charge may seem like a less common occurrence or a minor infraction, however, as many people who are charged and prosecuted know, even incidents that seem small or less serious can end with serious penalties.  Prosecutors will be aggressive and a person charged with domestic battery will need a stellar defense.  Contact a local criminal

WHAT IS WHITE COLLAR CRIME?

When we think of criminal defense, we think of crimes that are of the violent nature; murders, firearm charges, assault and battery, etc.  However, there is another area of offenses that may not be physically violent, but are still serious in a different way; these crimes are called white collar crimes.  If you are being investigated

FORGERY CHARGES IN ILLINOIS

In our daily lives, we often see instances of deception as harmless.  A crime like forgery, however, is far from harmless.  In Illinois, forgery is a deception-related offense and, like other deception-related offenses, can carry surprising penalties for those convicted.  If a moment of what you thought was harmless deception turned into a forgery charge,

GUN CHARGES IN ILLINOIS

To purchase and possess a gun in Illinois, you must have a handgun license, also known as a Firearm Owner’s Identification card.  Many people may miss the importance of this FOID card and fail to obtain a license due to the difficulty of getting one.  However, this, and other unauthorized usage of a weapon, can

WRONGFUL DEATH IN ILLINOIS

While the death of someone you care about never feels “right” there are tragic situations where the death of a friend or loved one felt untimely due to the fact that it was caused by an accident that was the fault of another.  In such a situation, you should consider your options with a potential

UNDERSTANDING RETAIL THEFT IN ILLINOIS

People make mistakes.  Whether the mistake was a result of a lapse of prudent decision making or a moment of weakness in a tough situation, we are all guilty of various types of mistakes.  Often, we can pick ourselves back up after a mistake, learn from it, and move on, ensuring that we do not

LAW CHANGES FOR JOLIET’S JUVENILES

As a parent, your initial concern is usually your child’s wellbeing.  Even if your child has been accused of a crime, your concern for your child remains, and you likely want to ensure that your child has the best defense available.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you through this stressful process.  The legal landscape in

EXPUNGEMENT BASICS

Your mistakes do not have to follow you forever.  In certain situations, you are able to expunge your criminal record of certain types of information.  If you are interested in a record expungement, you should speak to a local attorney about your options. WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT?   There are two ways to prevent certain entries on your

HOW CAN A JOLIET DUI ATTORNEY HELP ME?

Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense in the state of Illinois. Under the Illinois DUI statute, it is against the law for individuals to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or under the influence of alcohol. Individuals who are convicted of DUI can be subjected to

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A JOLIET CAR ACCIDENT?

According to data published by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 296,049 motor vehicle crashes during 2014. Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and other motor vehicles can often leave victims with significant injuries that can have a direct impact on their quality of life and leave them with thousands of dollars of medical expenses. For

MAN CHARGED WITH HEROIN POSSESSION

In late June a young man was taken to the hospital and his friend charged with “felony possession of a controlled substance, felony obstruction of justice/destroying evidence, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of drug paraphernalia,” according to Chicago CBS Local News. Police were first alerted to the situation when a concerned citizen flagged down

WHAT IS AGGRAVATED ASSAULT?

Many have heard of crimes called “assault and battery”, however, assault and battery are very different types of crimes that deal with bodily harm. Battery is when an individual is actually physically harmed, whereas an assault is when someone receives the battery. Simply put a finger poke to the chest can be considered battery. By

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