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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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September 12th, 2022

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 and other lethal weapons can be used. Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and violating these laws often carries stiff penalties. If you own a gun or...

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September 9th, 2022

Street Racing in Chicago: How to Lose Your License Fast & Furious(ly)

Street racing events are becoming more popular in the City of Chicago and across Illinois. Recently neighborhoods like Pilsen, the West Loop, and the South Side have become inundated with late night ‘street takeovers’ wherein souped-up vehicles will engage in dangerous traffic stunts like donuts and “drifting” at busy intersections. The scenes attract hundreds of...

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August 10th, 2022

What To Do if You Are Caught with a Schedule II Drug in Illinois?

While attitudes toward drug crimes are changing in Illinois, especially when it comes to drug possession, being caught with drugs can still lead to criminal penalties. The drug you are caught with makes a significant difference in terms of the potential penalties you may face, and Schedule II drugs carry some of the harshest penalties...

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August 10th, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Your Heroin Charge

Heroin is generally considered one of the most harmful illegal drugs people use, and the penalties for being caught with even a small amount of heroin in Illinois can be substantial. Being found guilty of heroin possession could send you to jail for several years, and you could be forced to pay a hefty fine...

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August 10th, 2022

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 where the defendant accepts guilt for a charge in exchange for a reduced sentence. But while a plea deal can be beneficial for many criminal defendants and spare them the worst possible...

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May 24th, 2022

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 much true for everything, whether it concerns personal relationships, work or just life in general. If you lie to your significant other, you may end up ruining your relationship. If you lie...

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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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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : April 26, 2022