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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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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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DUI
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 works for the government in criminal defense or traffic 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, Lake,...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : May 27, 2022