Crimes against a person, or crimes involving offensive, unwanted touching, harassment or intentional bodily harm, will typically result in criminal charges in Illinois. Assault, battery, kidnapping, rape and harassment are all against the law and could result in significant jail time, probation, fines and other consequences upon conviction. Successfully defending against these serious charges may save you from these consequences and allow you to resume your normal life.
Our readers may have seen recent news articles that report that an Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard was recently charged with felony third degree domestic assault following the death of his new wife, who was also a prison guard. His bail was set at $100,000. The couple, who apparently had been married since May of this year, allegedly attended a Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. According to the man, he and his wife had argued during the game.
Under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20, using force or threat of force to commit a penetrative sexual act against someone else is considered sexual assault. The law also states that if someone commits a penetrative sexual act against another person, despite knowing that the other person does not have the ability to consent to the sexual activity. Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony in Illinois and can result in up to 15 years in jail upon conviction. A criminal conviction can also have a long-term affect one's future, particularly, for a young person who is just starting their career.
The issue of gun control remains a hot topic in the United States due to the thousands of firearm deaths that occur each year. In Illinois, only people who have a Firearm Owner's Identification card are permitted to own a firearm. To carry a concealed firearm, you must be granted an additional license to do so. State police will issue you a license if you are at least 21 years of age and have passed the requisite training course.
It is natural for someone who has been charged with a crime in Illinois to be worried about what their future holds. In many cases, a criminal conviction can lead to significant jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and long-term consequences that could impact your life long after you've served your time.
Often, we will hear about the legal consequences that a person could face if they are convicted of a crime. The potential consequences of a criminal conviction make a strong criminal defense strategy necessary, no matter how seemingly minor the charges are.
If you have been charged with a crime in Illinois, the severity of the consequences you may face will often depend on if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Generally, more serious crimes are classified as felonies, which carry the most serious penalties, while less severe crimes are classified as misdemeanors, which typically result in less significant consequences. A criminal defense attorney can give you the best chance at avoiding a criminal conviction by helping you come up with an effective defense strategy.
Finding out that you are facing criminal charges for assault and battery can be traumatic and nerve-wracking. However, it is important to remember that being accused of a violent crime is not the same thing as being convicted of one. In order to get a conviction, the prosecutor on your case has a legal obligation to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Fortunately for criminal defendants, it can very difficult for prosecutors to meet this high standard. With the right criminal defense strategy, you and your attorney can fight the assault and/or battery charges against you and find ways to protect you from serious criminal penalties.
Most shootings that begin with an altercation usually produce several witnesses, as well as at least one suspect. A recent shooting in the parking lot of a bar in Centreville, Illinois, appears to have left police searching for both a suspect and witnesses to the crime.
Most local robberies are handled by local law enforcement official, but the recent robberies of two Cash Stores has landed in federal court. The reasons for the unexpected allegations of federal crimes has not been explained, but the Hobbs Act provides a likely explanation.