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Felony Theft in IllinoisThere are many kinds of theft-related crimes in Illinois that can result in felony charges depending on the amount stolen and the circumstances of the theft. If you are charged with a theft crime, you should contact a knowledgeable felony theft defense attorney as soon as possible to help defend your rights.  

Definition of Theft in Illinois

Illinois law defines theft as knowingly taking unauthorized control over property of another or someone obtains that control over property through deception. It is also considered theft in Illinois to knowingly obtain control over property that is stolen, or that the person should reasonably know is stolen property. In regards to theft, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony will depend on the circumstances and the value of the property that is stolen.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_swatting.jpgWith advances in technology, there are more ways to harass victims and commit crimes. One of these ways is called swatting, in which perpetrators trick emergency response personnel into responding to false reports, in order to scare their victims.

What Is Swatting?

Swatting is a criminal prank in which the perpetrator calls the police and falsely reports a dangerous situation. Generally, an offender reports that a violent crime has happened or is about to happen at a specific address, and often threatens further violence. The offender uses technology to mask where the call is actually coming from and makes it appear to the dispatcher as if the call is coming from the hoax victim’s address. When they get the call, law enforcement officers are dispatched, and police and SWAT teams descend upon the victim’s home.

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Illlinois defense attroney, willful or wanton disregard, community serviceIn Illinois, reckless driving is one of the most serious traffic offenses. Its consequences are much more severe than those of a mere speeding ticket: reckless driving, unlike many other traffic offenses, can result in an arrest and criminal charges.

Reckless driving means driving so fast or so irresponsibly as to disregard others’ safety. Illinois law defines reckless driving as either:

  • Driving with a “willful or wanton disregard” for other people or for property; or
  • Knowingly using an incline to make one’s vehicle become airborne.

The statute is constructed such that many different sorts of circumstances can lead to a reckless driving charge. No minimum speed or other specific condition is required.

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