Archive, November 2014.

Not all theft-related crimes are created equal. At the most basic level, when a person takes something from another person without his or her permission with the intention to not return it, they can be charged with theft. There are several other ways by which a person can commit a theft in Illinois. If a person does certain other things in addition to simply taking something or trying to take something, they can be charged with either robbery or burglary. For some people, the difference between robbery and burglary may not be clear.
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Three strikes laws around the country are notorious for being very harsh to repeat offenders. The laws have been repeatedly criticized in some states for producing somewhat ridiculously harsh sentences for smaller crimes that are committed as the third strike. For example, in California, a man was sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a pair of white socks worth $2.50, because this was his third crime.
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An Illinois man is facing criminal charges for stabbing an elderly woman in a grocery store. In addition to attempted murder charges, the man faces hate crime charges because he is reported to have attacked the woman because she was African American. Prosecutors in this case will attempt to prove the hate crime charges with evidence that the defendant had a history of animosity towards African Americans.
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Drug cases may involve the defendant being arrested with the drugs in his or her hand. In other cases, a person may be arrested for possession of a controlled substance like cocaine, heroin or marijuana, just by owning or leasing the car or premises where the drugs are found. There are different types of drug possession, and are extremely relevant in cases involving drug charges.
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