5 Things To Know About Police Home Searches In Illinois

Citizens have a right to protect their homes from unjustified invasion by the government.  A person’s home is one arguably the most protected areas under the United States constitution and most state statutes. Because of the interest citizens have in protecting their home, police need to have a good reason to come in. 1. Police should have a warrant Generally, in order to search a home, the police must have Read More

Why Federal Crimes Carry Stiffer Sentences

If you commit a crime in Illinois, you may be dealt with in the state courts or the federal courts, depending on the nature of the offense. Typically, federal offenses carry stiffer penalties. Not all attorneys are geared up to defend you from these offenses. The majority of crimes are committed at a state level. They include DUI, property damage, theft, and battery. However, the federal authorities may Read More

The Role of Juvenile Courts in Illinois

If you are under the age of 18 and charged with a crime in Illinois, you may end up before a juvenile court. However, your mere age alone won’t be the deciding factor of whether you are a juvenile under the law. There are two major factors that will decide whether you appear before a juvenile court in Illinois, namely: 1 Whether the offense you committed is a felony or a misdemeanor; 2 The age at which you Read More

Can Police Search My House Without A Warrant?

Usually, police must either have probable cause or a warrant to search an individual or his property. If evidence is collected through an illegal search and seizure (meaning that no probable cause was present or the police did not have a proper warrant to search the defendant or his premises), then the evidence must be excluded at court. Even though the exclusion of such evidence during trial is a Read More

The History of the Miranda Rights on Arrest

The history of the Miranda Warning dates back to 1966 when a landmark case in the U.S. Supreme Court established the safeguard that suspects must be informed of their rights when they are placed under arrest. Before 1966, police used a frightening array of interrogation methods that were once known as undergoing the “third degree.” The Miranda Rights have provided a safeguard against police interrogation for Read More

8 Places A Firearm Can Not Be Carried

Illinois and federal laws restrict citizens from carrying firearms in certain locations.  It is important to understand these provisions in order to avoid getting ticketed or otherwise penalized for having a firearm in a place where they are prohibited. Before Carrying Before carrying a gun, make sure to have an up to date concealed carry permit as well as an FOID card.  Carrying firearms without these items is Read More

Outlining Chicago’s Strict Gun Possession Laws

Chicago has some of the strictest gun possession laws in the United States, notwithstanding the high rates of violent crime in the city. This means you can be facing a long stretch in jail if you are convicted of a crime like possessing a firearm or concealing a weapon in public. Last year, as gun crimes rocketed in Chicago, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner approved a new law that imposes a stiff penalty on Read More

How To Protect Homes and Individual Rights from Illegal Searches

“Illegal search and seizure” is a term that is often mentioned in the news, but what does is mean for citizens and their guns? The Basics The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures, meaning that any government agent (FBI, ATF, police, etc.) must have a warrant supported by probable cause before searching or seizing a person or their property. A Read More

Your Rights if You Are Stopped by Police In Chicago

Many people do not realize they have rights if they are stopped by the police in Chicago or elsewhere. If you are stopped in a car when a police officer initially pulls you over what you do and say can have a major impact on subsequent legal proceedings. If you see a police car is following you with its emergency lights flashing and siren on you should safely and promptly pull over to a safe place and come to a Read More

How Firearm Enhancements Can Add Years To Sentencing

Under Illinois statute, certain crimes have enhancements if they involve firearms. Enhancements mean that in addition to the punishment for the underlying crime, a certain number of years are added to the sentence because of the presence or use of a firearm. Which Crimes Have Enhancement Clauses? Under current statutes, the firearm enhancement punishments apply to the following crimes: Armed robbery Read More