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Criminal Law

Jul. 18 2019

What to Know about the Federal Criminal Appeals Process

Posted By: Sami Azhari

Were you convicted of a crime in federal trial court? Do you disagree with the decision? If you were...and you don’t, you have the right to request your case be reviewed again. This is known as an appeal, and your request is submitted to an “appellate” court. The appeals process [...]
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Jul. 11 2019

Got an Illinois DUI over the 4th? You Can Fight Back

Posted By: Sami Azhari
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The Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday of the year for drunk driving. So you can count on police being out full-force to catch drunk drivers in all 50 states, including Illinois. Every Fourth of July, police increase patrol teams to catch drunk drivers, and often employ DUI checkpoints [...]
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Apr. 5 2019

Your Guide to Revenge Porn Laws in Illinois

Your Guide to Revenge Porn Laws in Illinois
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Revenge porn, or the distribution of sexually explicit images or videos without the subject’s consent, has been recognized as a criminal offense in Illinois since 2014. Many times, an explicit photo or image is sent consensually in the course of a romantic relationship, and then exploited by [...]
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Oct. 12 2018

How Does Sexual Assault Become Aggravated in Illinois?

How Does Sexual Assault Become Aggravated in Illinois?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

Sexual assault is an incredibly serious crime in Illinois, but it can be elevated to the even more serious crime of aggravated sexual assault when certain conditions are present. In this post, we are going to detail the differences between the two crimes and what you can do to protect your [...]
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Sep. 27 2018

Mandatory Minimums: What are They and Which Federal Crimes Have Them?

Mandatory Minimums: What are They and Which Federal Crimes Have Them?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you are facing federal crime charges, you need to understand mandatory minimums and how they might affect you. In this post, we’ll describe what mandatory minimums are and which federal charges come with them. Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences The federal government issues mandatory [...]
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Sep. 13 2018

Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Illinois?

Do You Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Illinois?
Posted By: Sami Azhari
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We are regularly asked about the laws surrounding field sobriety testing in Illinois, and whether individuals are required to submit to field sobriety testing. The short answer is no -- but it’s important to fully understand the process of a drunk driving traffic stop and arrest, and to know [...]
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Jul. 13 2018

You’re Riding the L Train – Can Cops Just Search You for Drugs?   

You're Riding the L Train – Can Cops Just Search You for Drugs?   
Posted By: Sami Azhari

If you are riding a bus or train in Chicago, can the cops conduct a search on you for drugs? Are you always protected against searches and seizures? Learn more about search and seizure laws and how they apply to drug trafficking in Illinois. How Fourth Amendment Protection Applies to Illinois [...]
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Jun. 13 2018

Federal Criminal Cases: Breaking Down What Happens

Federal Criminal Cases: Breaking Down What Happens
Posted By: Sami Azhari

A recent ruling has determined that former Illinois representative Aaron Schock will most likely go to trial in federal criminal proceeding. Schock was indicted in November 2016 for a litany of charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, filing false federal tax returns, submitting inaccurate [...]
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Apr. 26 2018

Understanding Common Types of Corporate Fraud in Chicago

Understanding Common Types of Corporate Fraud in Chicago
Posted By: Sami Azhari
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Illinois law prosecutes any person or company who practices business activities that are illegal or deceptive and are intended to grant favor to the person or company at the expense of others. This is known as corporate fraud, and it can take many different forms – all of which come with [...]
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Mar. 1 2018

The First Valentine’s Day Massacre Changed Gun Laws – Will This One?

The First Valentine's Day Massacre Changed Gun Laws – Will This One?
Posted By: Sami Azhari

This past Valentine’s day, a 19-year-old former student allegedly opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high School in Parkland, Florida. Parkland is a small suburb located north of Miami, near Ft. Lauderdale and not far from the Everglades. The accused, Nikolas Cruz, told investigators [...]
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