April 29th, 2022

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 to charge on an hourly basis. For other types of lawyers such a contested divorce or a general civil litigation attorney, being charged hourly is extremely common, but not so for criminal....

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April 27th, 2022

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 is that the police aren’t allowed to just search you or your possessions, cars or homes just because they feel like it. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens (and non-citizens) against such unreasonable...

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March 22nd, 2022

Jussie Smollett Sentenced to Jail in Chicago Cook County Courtroom

In a criminal case that took over two years to wind its way from the initial alleged crime to a conclusion in which he was found guilty by a jury, actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced recently to 30 months of felony probation, ordered to pay the City of Chicago $120,000 in restitution, assessed the maximum...

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February 15th, 2022

Can You Get a DUI for Being Hungover?

You can’t get a DUI for just feeling poorly. Whether you’re not feeling well because you have an illness or whether it’s because you drank too much alcohol, smoked too much cannabis or ingested controlled substances the night before, that alone should not be enough to substantiate a Drunk Driving charge. According to the laws...

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December 20th, 2021

What Is a Public Defender?

A public defender is a lawyer who has passed the bar and who works for the government in criminal defense. They are charged with representing criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney. Public defenders are paid by the government and are staff attorneys of the county for which they work, such as Cook,...

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December 10th, 2021

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Record?

In every state, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, the penalty varies from state to state. If a police officer suspects that you are driving under the influence, you will be stopped and given a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol content. The charges you face will...

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December 1st, 2021

What’s the Difference Between Parole and Probation?

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, it’s important to understand the difference between probation and parole. These two terms are often confused, even though they couldn’t be more different. One involves staying out of the penitentiary and the other involves how the court supervises a defendant’s conduct after being released from imprisonment....

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November 20th, 2021

Can You Be Prosecuted for Being in a Fight at School?

Yes. Teens can face assault or battery charges if involved in a fight with another student or someone else at school. Both assault and battery are serious crimes in Illinois. Your child could face long-lasting consequences if convicted. Despite being a minor, they might be forced to serve time in jail if charged as an...

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November 10th, 2021

How to Approach a Cocaine Charge

Sentencing for possession, manufacturing, or another offense involving cocaine can include imprisonment and fines. State laws punish these crimes harshly. If convicted, you could spend as much as 30 years behind bars, depending on the amount of cocaine involved in the offense. Defending a cocaine charge can be complicated. It requires an effective legal strategy...

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Written by Mitchel S. Sexner Last Updated : February 17, 2022