Archive, September 2016.

Nearly everyone who has watched Law & Order or Criminal Minds knows about the Miranda warning that the cops give to a person as they are making an arrest. A well-known part of that warning is your right to remain silent. This right stems from the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. When a police officer questions you about a crime or accuses you of committing a crime, you have the right to avoid incriminating yourself; in other words, you do not have to say anything. In fact, you always should remain silent in this type of situation, at least until you have received legal advice from …
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Some Illinois criminal convictions do not involve a jail sentence at all but do involve serving a period of probation. Other convictions result in a combination of a shorter jail sentence and probation. The sanction of probation is not available in every case or for every crime, but if the conviction is for a relatively minor crime, and you don’t have a prior criminal record, it is possible that you will receive probation instead of a jail sentence. Assuming that you do not violate the terms of your probation, you may not have to go to jail at all.
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If you are convicted of DUI in the state of Illinois, it is likely that your driver’s license will be revoked suspended for a certain period of time. Once you have completed your DUI sentence, you still have to apply to get your license back. You may have to pay a fee or go through additional administrative steps in order to do so. In the meantime, if you drive before your license is reinstated, you are risking harsher penalties for any other DUI convictions in the future.
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A conviction for drug possession can have a tremendous impact on your life, affecting everything from your family to your job to your educational opportunities. Aside from the fact that you now have a drug offense in your history that will appear in any criminal background check, a conviction on a drug offense may bar you from certain government benefits in the future and impede your ability to support yourself and your family. While the penalties for drug possession differ under Illinois law according to the type and amount of drug, as well as other related factors, even a first-time …
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The Daily Herald recently reported that the last of four suburban Chicago residents who devised a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme involving a Chicago law firm has pleaded guilty to theft. Deborah Acuna, 63, of Oak Brook, received a 10-month jail sentence, 18 months of probation, and an order to pay restitution in the amount of $175,000. This illustrates the potentially severe sentence that an individual can receive if convicted of theft or embezzlement under Illinois law.
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