What To Do If You Shoot Someone in Self Defense

Shooting someone in self-defense is a very serious situation. Although you can only shoot someone in self-defense if you’re in eminent danger, you do want to go ahead and make sure you follow the right steps to set yourself up so that you have a viable defense in court. Learn more in our latest vlog. #abdallahlaw Read More

Police Body Cameras in the City of Chicago

This week on the vlog we’re talking about body cams in the city of Chicago, plus the rules and regulations surrounding who has to wear them. #abdallahlaw   Read More

Overview of Illinois Felony Drug Charges

Illinois recently became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, ending the common drug charges that were associated with the plant. One could argue that this change in law frees up law enforcement authorities to go after users and dealers of more serious drugs, like heroin, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and opioids (for those without a prescription).  Common felony drug charges in Illinois include Read More

Legal Lens: Jussie Smollett & Illinois Criminal and Civil Law 

Jussie Smollett’s case has been a whirlwind of media and rumors since news broke out about the (now allegedly false) hate crime. Celebrity cases are always an interesting look at the legal system due to the additional coverage the cases get. This celebrity case is different because the developments surrounding the case have been quite the drama, and not in a good way for the actor. We wrote about the recent Read More

Get to Know the Partners

Get to know two of the Abdallah Law firm partners Zaid Abdallah and Shady Yassin on our latest vlog. Read More

Jussie Smollett & The Court of Public Opinion

Since the initial reports of the Jussie Smollett incident first rattled news outlets across the nation in late January 2019, there have been many developments on the hate crime incident that have left many wondering what really happened. After a decision in March of 2019 by the state to drop all charges against the actor, a new set of charges have been brought against Smollett. The state is charging Smollett with 6 Read More

3 World-Famous Drug Dealers

Although the exploits of ruthless drug dealers and kingpins are often glamorized on the silver screen (Narcos) and on the big screen (American Gangster), the brutality that came along with that lifestyle can probably never be overstated. Since the Mexican Drug War kicked off in 2006, over 60,000 Mexicans have lost their lives. That figure is only a fraction of the human toll from the drug trade in all of Latin Read More

3 Common Felony Gun Charges in Illinois

Relative to other states, Illinois is known for its strict gun laws. To legally own a firearm, you must have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. There are even more restrictions on transporting a firearm or otherwise having your gun in public.  Unlawfully using your firearm can sometimes give rise to other crimes that aren’t always gun-related, such as murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter. Short of Read More

The Case of Oscar Pistorius, World-Renowned Gold Medal Para-Athlete and Murderer

He was world-famous for his athletic achievements. He could run faster with prosthetic legs than most people who have the limbs they were born with are able. In 2011, he became the first amputee in history to win a world track medal. A year later, at the Summer Olympics in London, he was the first double-leg amputee to participate in any Olympic Games. He was on top of the world, and provided inspiration to an untold Read More

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