Archive for the ‘Illinois Criminal Law’ Category

The Importance of Remaining Silent when Accused of a Crime

When accused of a crime, most people will naturally wish to express their innocence and explain exactly how they have done nothing wrong. It is only human nature to want to defend oneself against accusations. However, doing so can be disastrous from a legal perspective, which is why it is best to remain silent and seek an attorney at once. Read the rest of this entry »

A Self Defense Gun Case from Rock Island County, Illinois

Earlier this year, I had the honor of representing a woman named Judy, who used her gun to defend herself, her sister, and her sister-in-law after they were violently attacked in a parking lot in Rock Island County, Illinois. Much to her surprise, Judy was charged in Case Number 2010CF1076 in Rock Island County, Illinois, after telling the police about the attack she suffered. After a variety of motion hearings, we proceeded to a jury trial on February 7, 2012. The result of that trial was a verdict of Not Guilty, at which point the court ordered that Judy’s gun be returned to her right on the spot. Judy was then able to walk out of the courthouse with her pistol, return home, and accept an even better employment offer that had been on hold as she awaited trial. With Judy’s permission, I am sharing her story here. Read the rest of this entry »

Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

In 1961, the State of Illinois revamped it criminal laws, eliminating the crime of “rape.”  In place of “rape,” a variety of new crimes were created, including “criminal sexual assault.”  Under Illinois law (720 ILCS 5/12‑13) the crime of criminal sexual assault is committed when a person does any of the Read the rest of this entry »

Battery and Aggravated Battery in Illinois

In Illinois, the crime of battery is defined by Read the rest of this entry »

Identity Theft and Facilitating Identity Theft in Illinois

In the State of Illinois, it is a crime for a person to use another person’s identification to obtain goods, Read the rest of this entry »

Assault and Aggravated Assault Charges in Illinois

In the State of Illinois, the crime of Assault is defined by law (720 ILCS 5/12 et seq.) to be conduct that “without lawful authority . . . places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery Read the rest of this entry »

Marijuana (Cannabis) Possession Charges in Illinois

In Illinois, the legal term for Marijuana is “Cannabis,” rather than “Marijuana,” “weed,” “grass,” “ganja,” etc.  Possession of Cannabis is a serious crime in Illinois, and anyone charged Read the rest of this entry »

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