Category Archives: Criminal Defense

St. Charles identity theft attorney

The Internet has become one of the most important elements of the modern world. As Internet use becomes more and more pervasive, so do Internet-based crimes. Cybercrime can include identity theft, information theft, hacking, phishing, fraud, and more. Hacking and other types of cybercrimes are looked upon by some people as little more than a recreational activity. A number of television shows and movies have glamorized certain forms of cybercrime while downplaying the severity of these offenses. To be clear, identity theft and other types of Internet crimes are serious criminal offenses that are punishable by harsh fines and substantial jail time in Illinois.

Financial Identity Theft Versus Criminal Identity Theft

Financial identity theft occurs when an individual illegally acquires another party’s financial information and uses it to make withdrawals from the victim’s bank account, open credit card accounts in the victim’s name, apply for loans, make unauthorized purchases, and more. There are countless ways that this type of identity theft can happen. For example, financial identity theft may occur when the alleged offender finds the victim’s credit card details discarded in the trash and then uses the data to make purchases online. Data breaches may allow people’s bank account information and PIN numbers to be released online and available to the public. More recently, devices called credit card skimmers are being used to steal the information contained in a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip.

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St. Charles Internet sex crimes defense attorney

Being accused of an Internet sex crime can be absolutely devastating, both personally and professionally. If you are found guilty of an online sex crime such as child pornography or indecent solicitation of a minor, you can face much more than incarceration. You may also be required to register as a sex offender and face a lifetime of social stigma. Finding housing and employment can be nearly impossible when you have a sex-related criminal conviction on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately so that you can start building a strong defense against the accusations as soon as possible.

Illinois Law Regarding Online Solicitation of a Minor

Illinois law states that an individual commits indecent solicitation of a child if he or she solicits a person under age 17 to perform sex acts and intends to commit criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, or aggravated sexual abuse. “Soliciting” is defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) as requesting, demanding, authorizing, inciting, or advising someone to perform a certain act. Solicitation can refer to communications that take place in person as well as over the phone or using Internet communication.

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St. Charles hit and run defense lawyer

After being involved in a car accident, a driver may feel anxious and panic. Upon realizing he or she is not hurt and the vehicle is still drivable, the motorist might attempt to flee the scene to avoid trouble. However, fleeing or eluding can bring on its own punishment if the person is eventually stopped by the police. Even if an accident has not occurred, if a driver fails to stop when a police officer is attempting to pull him or her over, the driver can face significant penalties in Illinois.

What is Fleeing and Eluding?

According to Illinois law, a person is fleeing--or eluding--if he or she fails to stop after being given a visual and/or verbal signal from a police officer attempting a traffic stop. In cases of vehicle collisions, a person must stay on the scene until the authorities arrive to investigate the accident. If a driver leaves, he or she will face a Class A misdemeanor charge.

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