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aggravating factors, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, criminal charges, criminal penalties,  Class A misdemeanorWhen an individual is charged with a crime, he or she is subject to a range of criminal penalties. For example, an individual charged with a Class 2 felony faces three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Relevant details about the individual and the case, such as previous drug convictions on his or her record, can make the court more likely to sentence the defendant to a longer prison term and higher fine within the range of penalties for a Class 2 felony conviction. These details are known as aggravating factors.

Sometimes, an aggravating factor does more than increase the severity of the sentence the defendant faces, it changes his or her charge to a new, more serious charge. An example of this is how the use of a deadly weapon in a physical attack changes the incident from an act of battery, charged as a Class A misdemeanor, to an act of aggravated battery, a felony.

Examples of Aggravating Factors

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domestic violence charge, domestic violence conviction, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, Class A misdemeanor, criminal defense strategyDomestic violence is a crime. Like other crimes, it is possible to avoid conviction by fighting a domestic violence charge in court. The most effective way to do this is to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can examine all aspects of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy based on your specific circumstances.

Be proactive and start working on your defense strategy as soon as you can after being arrested for alleged domestic violence—domestic violence is a Class A misdemeanor for which the penalties are a mandatory counseling course, up to one year in jail, and a fine of up to $2,500.

Below are a few possible defense strategies to use against your domestic violence charge. Talk to your lawyer to determine which is most appropriate for your case.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, disorderly conductIn response to a disturbing video of two adolescents fighting while at school, which went viral after an onlooker posted a recording, Illinois representative Terry Brant introduced a bill that would criminalize the uploading of such videos. Under the new bill, posting recordings of violent or illegal situations on social media websites would constitute disorderly conduct and be punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.

Disorderly Conduct

To commit the offense of disorderly conduct under current Illinois law, a person must have knowingly committed any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm another and to provoke a breach of the peace.

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fantasy-footballIn late December, the attorney general of Illinois ruled that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling under Illinois law. Gambling is illegal in Illinois, with certain well-defined exceptions, and in the attorney general’s opinion, daily fantasy sports do not fall within any of those exceptions. 

Daily Fantasy

In fantasy sports, fans pay an entry fee to assemble virtual teams from real-life players. They can then win money or other prizes if their team does sufficiently well over the period of play. Daily fantasy contests are based on a short term of competition — a week or a day, instead of several weeks or months. The participants compete for prizes based on athletes’ performances during that shorter period.

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, escort service, A 29-year-old Woodstock, Illinois woman was recently arrested for offering sexual acts in exchange for money to an undercover police officer. At the time, two of her children were home. They have since been placed with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. An investigation into her activities began in October after complaints by neighbors about suspicious activity at her apartment. The Woodstock police and the McHenry County sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force carried out an operation in which an undercover officer met with the woman. The officer contacted her after she posted online about prostitution. The woman has been charged with two counts of endangering the life and health of a child, one count of prostitution, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of possession of cannabis, all of which are misdemeanor offenses.

Prostitution

Under Illinois law, the offense of prostitution is committed by performing, offering, or agreeing to perform a sexual act, for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, in exchange for anything of value. Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by any combination of:

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