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Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Federal sentencing guidelines are very different from the sentencing structure of Illinois courts. If you are being questioned by the federal authorities, under investigation, or fighting federal criminal charges, it is vital that you contact an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and experience of handling federal cases but is also a skilled negotiator when [...]

By | May 6th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Court Rules Illegal Search for Bystander

The First District of the Appellate Court here in Illinois reversed the ruling of a circuit court related to the illegal search of a bystander when the police arrived at the scene of an unrelated incident. The officer was responding to a unrelated incident and observed the Defendant, Henry Sims, outside of a building not [...]

By | May 1st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Court Rules Illegal Search for Bystander

Benefits to Hiring a Specialized Chicago Retail Theft Lawyer

chicago shoplifting lawyer Cook County and the Chicago area are above national averages in all criminal statistics and especially theft crimes. With the population size and diversity of communities, the variety of crime and frequency of offenses is high. Theft Crimes are Some of the Most Perpetrated Crimes in Cook County. Theft crimes [...]

By | April 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Benefits to Hiring a Specialized Chicago Retail Theft Lawyer

Supreme Court And the Expansion of Police Power Using Anonymous Tip

Police Can Now Pull You Over With Only an Anonymous Tip Illegal Arrest? The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling that allows police officers to stop, search and detain a person driving a vehicle simply based on information received through an anonymous tip 911 call. In a close 5-4 decision, the court ruled [...]

By | April 23rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Supreme Court And the Expansion of Police Power Using Anonymous Tip

Did the Police Unreasonably Take Your Car after Drug Arrest?

illegal search and seizure Recently, I read a case where the court granted a motion to suppress evidence against a Defendant who was charged with the drug arrest of unlawful possession of methamphetamine under (720 ILCS 646/60). The Defendant's friend gave the Defendant permission to drive her car on a long trip because her driver's license [...]

By | April 22nd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Did the Police Unreasonably Take Your Car after Drug Arrest?

Investigative Alert….Is it Legal?

Investigative Alerts I am handling a case right now where my client is being charged with attempted murder (720 ilcs 5/8-4), aggravated kidnapping (720 ilcs 5/10-2), armed robbery (720 ilcs 5/18-2) and aggravated battery (720 ilcs 12-4). These are clearly very serious charges my client is facing. He was never seen at the [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Investigative Alert….Is it Legal?

Chicago Federal Lawyer Purav Bhatt

Charged With a Federal Crime in Chicago? Federal crimes can include gun charges, crimes involving fraud, immigration crimes, drug offenses, and other white-collar offenses. Federal sentencing guidelines lead to strict and harsh sentences and with an almost 100% success rate, the United States Attorney prosecutes crimes vigorously. If you have been charged with a federal [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Chicago Federal Lawyer Purav Bhatt

Synthetic Drugs Make Police Work More Difficult

Law enforcement officials generally have a easy time enforcing traditional narcotics laws, but these same officers are playing a game of cat and mouse when it comes to new, constant evolving synthetic drugs. According to a report, federal law enforcement officials at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are having a difficult time applying criminal charges to offenders who are producing drugs so [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Synthetic Drugs Make Police Work More Difficult

Violation of Probation

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense you may be placed on probation. You may not be going to jail or prison but you are still on the court’s radar. In Illinois, for misdemeanor offenses you can be sentenced up to 24 months of probation and for a felony offense four (4) years. While on probation, a probationer must [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Violation of Probation

Felony or Misdemeanor? What’s the Difference?

felony convictions can lead to prison There are important differences between being charged with a felony and being charged with a misdemeanor offense. These differences affect: how much your case will cost how long your case will go on for the amount of jail or prison time you face if found guilty the [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Felony or Misdemeanor? What’s the Difference?

Defenses to Drug Arrests

Drug Offenses in Illinois Being charged with drug possession, drug possession with intent to deliver or sell, drug manufacturing or any other drug crime, you will need to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can review your case and work out the best outcome possible for you. In order to determine what your [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Defenses to Drug Arrests

Cook County to Prosecute Gun Crimes and Gangs in New Way

New Illinois law to tackle gang leaders The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is taking a new approach to going after gun crime by utilizing a new anti-racketeering law. This new law will allow law enforcement to go after gang leaders and other high level gang members. Prosecutors in Cook County are working with Chicago [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Cook County to Prosecute Gun Crimes and Gangs in New Way

Murder Trial Retried Downstate

felony murder Monday a middle aged man who had formerly been convicted of first-degree murder in downstate Illinois was granted a retrial. During the retrial, testimony was given that as the pawn shop owner, he refused to open the safe, while at gunpoint, because it had happened before and financially ruined him. The [...]

By | April 8th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Murder Trial Retried Downstate

Chicago man will not be charged for shooting back during armed robbery

UUW gun charges 720 ILCS 5/24-1 A man in the South Austin neighborhood will not be charged for firing back at two men who attempted to rob him because of his conceal and carry permit. The South Austin resident was entering his home when two individuals confronted him. One of the assailants brandished a handgun [...]

By | April 7th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Chicago man will not be charged for shooting back during armed robbery

Animal Cruelty Crimes – What should I know?

510 ILCS My name is Purav Bhatt and I am a criminal defense attorney serving cook, dupage and lake counties. My law practice focuses entirely on criminal defense and specializes in felony and misdemeanor crimes including drug possession, drug delivery, assault and battery, retail theft/shoplifting, DUI and animal crimes. Today I am writing to explain what you should know [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Animal Cruelty Crimes – What should I know?

What NOT to Do When Arrested

What should you do? What shouldn’t you do? Here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind when you cross paths with the police. Whether you've been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, for retail theft, drug charges, weapons violations, battery or assault, this information will help you. How Did the Fish get [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on What NOT to Do When Arrested

New Federal Law Attempts to Make Penalties for Crack and Cocaine More Consistent

Soon, nearly 12,000 inmates in federal prisons across the country will be eligible to have their sentences reduced because of a new law attempting to make penalties for crack possession more consistent with penalties for possession of cocaine. In the federal prison system, nearly 1 in 17 inmates is in custody as a result of a conviction for crack [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on New Federal Law Attempts to Make Penalties for Crack and Cocaine More Consistent

I’ve been charged with a crime. What is my statute citation number?

Oftentimes people call my office with questions similar to this..., "I've been charged with 720 ILCS 550/4-B. Is that bad?" It's one thing to know generally what you've been charged with, but understanding your criminal charges specifically can give you greater understanding of the consequences of your charges as well as how to fight them. Below I've listed [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on I’ve been charged with a crime. What is my statute citation number?

Public Urination Citations in the City of Chicago (8-4-081)

The City of Chicago Municipal Ordinance for Public Urination is under section 8-4-081 titled: Public urination or defecation: Any person who urinates or defecates on the public way, or on any outdoor public property, or on any outdoor private property, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00, or incarcerated for no less [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Public Urination Citations in the City of Chicago (8-4-081)

Bail – What it is and How it Will Affect Your Criminal Case

What is bail? I am asked this question by defendants and their families alike. Bail, the setting and posting of it, is what  must occur between a person's arrest and the ultimate outcome of their criminal case. Bail comes in two forms: monetary and non-monetary bail. Monetary bail is the posting of cash or property to release the defendant [...]

By | April 5th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Bail – What it is and How it Will Affect Your Criminal Case