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 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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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 may be stopped and asked to submit to a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol content. The charges...

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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 found to responsible under the law. Despite being a minor (and even though this is very unlikely), they...

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November 10th, 2021

How to Approach a Cocaine Charge

A sentence 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 and your criminal background. Defending a cocaine charge can be complicated. It...

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November 1st, 2021

How to Be Removed from a Sex Offender Registry

If you were convicted of a sex crime in Illinois and had to register as a sex offender, you know the long-term consequences you must face. Registration affects not only your reputation, job, and family but also disrupts your life. The Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act requires you to register as a requirement of your...

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October 29th, 2021

How Can I be Convicted Without Video Evidence?

Clients often ask us how it’s possible for the State’s Attorney to convince a Judge that they’re guilty of a crime when there isn’t any “real proof”. When people ask this question, what they’re usually really asking is whether it’s possible to convict a person when there’s no video evidence that can 100% prove that...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : January 18, 2022