Chicago Criminal Defense Blog

About New Illinois Criminal and Traffic Laws for 2023

New Illinois Criminal and Traffic Laws for 2023

With 2023 officially upon us, over 180 new laws are going into effect in Illinois. A few of these laws will have an...
About Last Minute Changes to the Illinois SAFE-T Act

Last Minute Changes to the Illinois SAFE-T Act

The SAFE-T Act has been hailed by some as an end to an oppressive cash bail system that criminalizes poverty. Others have called...
What Happens When You Get Arrested?

What Happens When You Get Arrested?

Being arrested can be frightening and stressful. You might not know your rights or what to do next. Fortunately, you can hire an...
About Can I Get “Day-for-Day” Credit on my Jail Sentence?

Can I Get “Day-for-Day” Credit on my Jail Sentence?

Figuring out how much time you will actually serve on your criminal prison sentence or jail sentence can be a confusing task, even...
About How Does Electronic Monitoring in Chicago Work?

How Does Electronic Monitoring in Chicago Work?

Currently, there are over 2,000 people on the Cook County Electronic Home Monitoring program (EM) run by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO)....
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What You Need to Know About Illinois Weapons Charges

While the U.S. Constitution gives all Americans the right to keep and bear guns, there are strict laws concerning how and where guns...
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Five Things You Should Consider Before Taking a Plea Deal

The vast majority of criminal cases in Illinois never make it to trial. Instead, most of these cases end in a plea deal...
About Honesty is the Best Policy

Honesty is the Best Policy

It’s been said that “for every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth”. That’s pretty...
About How Do Lawyers Charge for Criminal Cases?

How Do Lawyers Charge for Criminal Cases?

Various forms of flat fees for criminal attorneys in Illinois are extremely common. In fact, it appears much less common for criminal attorneys...
About Are You Really Trying to Get Arrested?

Are You Really Trying to Get Arrested?

The general rule under the laws of the City of Chicago, as well as across the state of Illinois and the entire country...