Archive, November 2015.

While the most common crimes discussed in the media are violent crimes such as rape, murder, and robbery, most crimes in Illinois are so-called property crimes. Property damage crimes are a specific type of property crime where someone knowingly or recklessly damages the property of someone else. These crimes often have serious consequences.
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The only contact many people will ever have with the criminal justice system is when they are stopped for a DUI. In Illinois the crime of DUI involves operating a motor vehicle when you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. You can be convicted of DUI even if you were only using your own prescription medicine.
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 A real life criminal case is not like the dramatized cases on TV. Often, the most crucial work criminal defense lawyers will do happens long before a jury is seated and a trial begins. One tool that seasoned criminal defense lawyers use to help protect their clients is bringing a motion to suppress evidence.
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In Illinois, the crime of aggravated battery is considered a serious offense and is punishable as a third-degree felony. An Illinois Appeals Court reaffirmed this in a recent case where a minor was injured after participating in a choking game. Despite the age of the defendant and the victim’s consent to being “choked out” in order to induce unconsciousness, the court refused to accept the defendant’s defense of consent.
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The charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (AUUW) is a serious crime in Illinois and can carry harsh penalties. Constructive possession of a weapon exists when an offender does not have the weapon on his or her person, but does exercise control over it. The Illinois Appellate Court’s recent ruling in People v. Daniel Smith clarifies existing law on the type of evidence considered sufficient to constitute constructive possession.
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