January 17th, 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 impact on criminal and traffic cases. Some of these laws will also effect people currently incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections and County Jail. This article provides a brief summary of...

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January 10th, 2023

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 it a “purge law” that will release dangerous criminals into the street and render police powerless to aid their communities. Major parts of the controversial SAFE-T Act are set to take effect...

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November 13th, 2022

Why Do People Want to Steal my Catalytic Converter?

When your car burns fuel to run, it produces harmful toxins which are released into the environment. A catalytic converter is a metal device attached to the bottom of your car which makes those harmful toxins… less harmful. A catalytic converter also helps the car run more efficiently. Seems simple, right? The only problem is,...

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October 31st, 2022

New Cannabis Enforcement Issues on the Horizon

Illinois became the first state in 2019 to decriminalize the sale of cannabis. Illinois was also the first state to do so through the legislature and not a ballot initiative. The Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act of 2020 allowed adults over the age of 21 to legally purchase “recreational” marijuana from dispensaries. When this law...

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October 26th, 2022

Protecting Yourself Against False Allegations of Domestic Abuse/Violence

The consequences of being falsely accused of domestic violence or abuse can be far-reaching. The allegations alone can destroy a person’s reputation and family. The alleged abuser could lose their job and face challenges looking for a new one. A conviction could also result in fines and imprisonment or probation. Fortunately, there are legal options...

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October 26th, 2022

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 experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Your lawyer can guide you through the complex legal process and create a strategy to defend you against the charge or charges that you face....

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October 10th, 2022

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 for experienced lawyers. People convicted of crimes in Illinois often mistakenly assume they will receive “day-for-day” credit automatically, regardless of their charge. The phrase “day-for-day” is a legal term of art which...

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September 27th, 2022

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). The program is meant to ease overcrowding in the jails and allow an accused person in Chicago or elsewhere in Cook County to serve at least part of their sentence at home...

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September 12th, 2022

Differences Between Drug Trafficking and Possession

When it comes to drug crimes in Illinois, police and prosecutors generally want to punish dealers and distributors more than users. Accordingly, the potential penalties for trafficking or distributing illegal drugs are often much harsher than the penalties for simply possessing these drugs. A possession charge could send you to jail for a few months...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : September 15, 2022