Difference Between Attempted Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

What is Attempted Murder Murder charges in Illinois can come in the form of Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Involuntary Manslaughter, or Reckless Homicide. Any crime that has been attempted can earn the perpetrator charges simply for the attempt. State law describes an attempted crime as when someone, “with intent to commit a specific offense...does any act that constitutes a substantial Read More

How Jodi Arias Was Charged with the Murder of Travis Alexander and Avoided the Death Penalty

The obsession over true crime stories has made perpetrators of violent, heinous crimes household names. One notable example over the years is Jodi Arias, a California girl who was eventually convicted of brutally murdering her former partner, Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias’s trial was live streamed due to the magnitude of the case. She was a simple, beautiful, seductive girl who lived in California. Travis Alexander Read More

5 Common Characters in a Criminal Investigation

From the outside looking in, it can seem like criminal investigations take an exceedingly long time. However, if you are directly involved in the process, the ordeal can seem overwhelming due to rapid and unfamiliar developments. A myriad of people will become involved; some of the more common ones are outlined below:  Person of Interest. In the immediate aftermath of a criminal act, the authorities will begin Read More

Overview of Theft, Robbery, Larceny, and Burglary

The four terms above might be synonymous in your mind, but there are several important distinctions between them that can be the difference between a few days or a few years in prison. While some states have laws that codify larceny as a separate crime, Illinois recognizes theft and larceny as descriptions for the same crime. Theft/Larceny Someone commits theft when he or she gains possession or control over Read More

How to Properly Carry a Gun in Illinois

If you are an Illinois resident, you must have a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) to legally possess guns or ammunition. The FOID card is issued by the Illinois State Police, but can be denied to you if any law enforcement agency believes you are a threat to yourself or others. During processing of your FOID application, the state police will run your name through a background check system maintained Read More

5 Rules of Social Media During your Criminal Trial

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you have one or more social media accounts. They seem like harmless fun until you’re facing a criminal trial that threatens to put you in prison for a substantial amount of time. In this situation, your normal day-to-day is put on hold while you fight your charges. Just as your daily routine is upended and you make needed changes to get through the process, you need to Read More

5 Ways You Can Be Charged with a Drug Crime in Illinois

Drug crimes are very serious and can result in massive fines, long prison sentences, and many other problems. Illinois takes these types of charges very seriously and will do everything they can to arrest and convict people on drug charges. Understanding the different ways that you could be charged with a drug crime in Illinois will help you make smarter decisions and avoid these potentially catastrophic Read More

How Does a Drug Charge Become a Felony?

Drug related charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the details of the case. Understanding how the situation escalates to a felony is important as it will have a major impact on your situation. This blog post offers an introduction to how drug charges become felonies. It is important to note, however, that each case is unique and the best way to know how yours will be handled is to talk to an Read More

5 Ways You can be Charged with a Gun Crime in Illinois

Illinois has some of the strictest firearm laws in the country. Despite this, however, it is not difficult for most citizens to legally buy and use guns of various types for hunting, sport shooting, and personal defense. Gun ownership comes with a lot of responsibility, and if you don’t take it seriously, you could be charged with a gun crime. This can happen even if you aren’t aware that you are violating any local, Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Murder and Manslaughter

When one person dies due to the actions, or inactions, of another person, the police and courts are going to get involved. Fortunately, the legal system in Illinois recognizes that there is a significant difference between someone killing their spouse after months of planning, and someone accidentally killing another party because of distracted driving. In the first case, the person will be charged with murder, while Read More