4 Facts About Assault and Battery Charges In Chicago

Lots of people tend to think that assault and battery are the same thing.  The words are used together so often that it is easy to believe they are the same crime. While the two terms are similar, in Illinois, they refer to two different crimes with different levels of punishment. 1. Battery Means An Offensive Touch The legal definition of battery is when someone “intentionally or knowingly, and without Read More

5 Facts About Chicago Gun Shows

Lots of politicians and other public personalities claim that gun shows are a loophole in the legal process of buying, selling or trading firearms. They claim that gun shows are a way for people to bypass the law and purchase a gun without being subjected to background checks or licensing requirements. Below are the facts about gun shows in Illinois. 1. Gun Shows Are Defined By Statute Illinois statute Read More

Convictions That Bar You from a Gun Owner’s Card in Illinois

A gun owner’s card in Chicago is officially called an owner's identification (FOID) card. It is issued by the Illinois State Police. You can’t legally possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois without one. Basically, three types of criminal records bar you from being given a FOID card. They are: ·         A conviction for any felony ·         A domestic violence conviction ·         A conviction within Read More

Outlining Child Pornography Laws in Illinois

The rapid expansion of the Internet in recent years has seen a proliferation in child pornography. There has also been a massive expansion in child pornography offenses both at a state and a federal level to deal with offenders. If you are charged with an offense of this nature, you could face a long sentence as well as seeing family members and friends desert you. However, prosecutions can be over zealous and Read More

5 Ways Police Find And Arrest Gun Owners in Chicago

Chicago police say they are feeling pressure to keep illegal guns off the streets, and they have been coming up with new ways to detect and seize guns from citizens. People who carry guns in Chicago should be aware of these practices and make sure to have the required permits before carrying firearms on the streets. 1. SHOT SPOTTER ShotSpotter is a system used by officers to locate the source of a gunshot Read More

The Penalties for Armed Robbery in Illinois

Armed robbery is a very serious offense in Illinois which has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the nation. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, a convicted robber can face 3 to 7 years or up to 30 years in jail for armed robbery. Armed robbery is defined as an offense in which the perpetrator is armed with or carrying a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon is usually a firearm. In Read More

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