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Cook County Courts to Crack Down on Drivers – chicago Traffic tickets

625 ILCS Traffic Lawyer Chicago Traffic Violation Lawyers Can Assist with Your Traffic Violation Case. The Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County has ordered that prosecutors in Cook County will now receive more thorough driving records of defendants for prosecuting traffic tickets. Prosecutors will now be able to review national driving [...]

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Marijuana “Possession” Under the Law

Drug attorney chicago 720 ILCS 550 Marijuana possession is considered a drug crime. “Possession" may include more situations than you think such as: Marijuana among your personal belongings, such as in your pockets, bag, purse or backpack Marijuana in your vehicle Marijuana in your home Marijuana paraphernalia, such as pipes or seeds, in your [...]

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What is the difference between an expungement and sealing of my record?

expungement and sealing attorney Purav Bhatt What is the difference between an expungement and sealing of my record? Criminal arrests can have many detrimental consequences in one's life. A criminal background can prevent you from finding employment, prevent you from being able to certify for certain licences or simply be an embarrassing mark on your record. Many [...]

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What Class is a Residential Burglary?

residential burglary 720 ILCS 5/19-3 Residential Burglary is a class 1 Felony. It is punishable by 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. It is non-probationable. I have included the statute below for your reference. Your best route to avoid certain incarceration is to hire counsel and attempt to have the charge [...]

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Theft vs. Robbery

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Purav Bhatt explains the difference between theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1) and robbery (720 ILCS 5/18-1). To many of my clients, the offenses of robbery and theft seem identical because both involve the taking of other people’s property without their permission or consent. However, they are separate and different crimes in Illinois and therefore are prosecuted differently. The best way to understand the [...]

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I Was Arrested for Retail Theft….Will I Go To Jail?

The answer to this question depends on many factors such as your criminal background, the amount of the theft, any mitigating circumstances and other facts surrounding your arrest. In Illinois under 720 ilcs 5/16-25, the severity of the punishment will depend on whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense. Whether you will be charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense will depend [...]

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Why Do People Commit Shoplifting Crimes?

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, shoplifting and retail thefts are at the highest levels of the year. Shoplifting in Illinois and cook county is at such a high level that people, who usually consider themselves upstanding citizens, commit the offense of retail theft at one time or other. Some people simply switch [...]

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Retail Theft? Not as Petty as You Think …

If you or someone you know is arrested or given a written citation for shoplifting or retail theft, it is important to understand that retail theft and shoplifting are serious criminal offenses. THESE OFFENSES ARE CONSIDERED CRIMES OF “MORAL TURPITUDE” FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES. IF YOU ARE FOUND GUILTY OF ANY OF THESE OFFENSES, YOU WILL HAVE A PERMANENT CRIMINAL [...]

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Retail Theft Shoplifting and Civil Liability

Shoplifting under 720 ilcs 5/16-25 can lead to imprisonment When I represent clients being charged with the offense of retail theft or shoplifting I am inevitably asked about a letter each of them receives from the legal representative of the store, oftentimes before their first court date, from which they are accused to committing the retail [...]

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Defending the Accidental Retail Theft Charge

If you are arrested or given a notice to appear citation for accidental retail theft please understand that you have been charged with a serious criminal offense. For purposes of immigration, a retail theft, shoplifting or theft charge is considered a crime of “moral turpitude“. If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a theft related offense, it can [...]

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Witness in Blagojevich trial accused of shoplifting

A prominent businessman in Chicago’s Indian community and an appointee of Rod Blagojevich who testified at the former governor’s trial faces a felony retail theft charge in connection with a shoplifting accusation at a Far North Side home repair store, police said tonight. Rajinder Bedi, 58, was expected to appear Saturday in Cook County Central Bond Court after [...]

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CVS Shoplifting Suspect’s Death Was Accidental

Ann Marie Balboa paced up and down a Little Village alley sobbing today as she searched for the precise spot where her ex-husband was choked to death after he shoplifted crayons and toothpaste from a pharmacy over the weekend. “I was told it happened here (in the alley), but I don’t know where,” she said. Chicago [...]

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Large Shoplifting Operation Caught – Chicago Retail Theft

A large eight person shoplifting operation was uncovered out of Austin, Texas. The group shoplifted household items including: batteries, shampoos, lotions, razors, nail polish, detergent and hair products valued at approximately $50,000. The leader of the group had accomplices shoplift from retailers such as Target and grocery stores and then resell the items at flea markets or resell the items in Mexico. Officials [...]

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Retail Theft Lawyer – New Method of Shoplifting Being Seen in Chicago

Down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, stores are seeing retail theft and shoplifting cases but in a different way. Across Cook County, incidents are down 2%. The group that has shown an increase in retail theft arrests are juveniles. “Flash Mobs” are groups of individuals who utilize social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to coordinate activities at a certain time and date. [...]

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Theft or Accident?

The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has successfully fought for dismissals on hundreds of theft cases. Many of my clients tell me that they did not “intend” to steal the item and it was an “accident”. The State’s attorney must prove that the accused left the store and had the specific intent to take the item. If the judge or [...]

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Public Urination is a Crime in Chicago

With summer approaching, the number one complaints associated with summer drinking is: public urination. With the Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza and countless neighborhood festivals coming up, it's a regular complaint, made worse by limited public bathrooms. Public urination can be charged as either a state charge of Public Indecency (720 ILCS 5/11-9) leading to arrest or a municipal ordinance violation [...]

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Trends in Retail Theft and Shoplifting

Illinois retail theft The National Retail Federation study reports that the slow economy has caused businesses to reduce security jobs and as a result, more people are shoplifting and stealing. In 2011, retail theft losses totaled over $32 billion. Additionally, the National Retail Federal found that close to 95 percent of retailers reported being the victim of organized theft, 6 percent higher than [...]

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Illinois Sex Crime Overview

Chicago Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers There are few other crimes that are prosecuted more severely than sex offenses. If those offenses involve children or handicapped individuals the penalties can be even more harsh. Those accused of sex offenses are portrayed as automatically guilty and not deserving of a fair trial or constitutional protections. If you are charged with [...]

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How to Fight Retail Theft Charges

In many cases I handle, people make bad decisions and steal things. Occasionally, there is a misunderstanding and false charges are brought against innocent and good people. The chances of getting a retail theft or shoplifting charge, under 720 ilcs 5/16A-3, reduced to a less serious offense or dismissed depends greatly on the experience of the Chicago Retail Theft Attorney representing you. Retail Theft and shoplifting offenses [...]

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Many Charged in Retail Theft Sting

720 ilcs 5/16-25 In Southern Florida, police conducted sting operations that resulted in the arrest of of almost two dozen individuals related to a retail theft operation. Prosecutors in Miami paraded the mugshots of numerous suspects related to the investigation. The targeted individuals are suspected to stealing millions of dollars in goods and [...]

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