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Animal Crimes Cook County – What should I know?

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 if you are charged [...]

By | April 1st, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Animal Crimes Cook County – What should I know?

Indian Attorney in Cook County

Welcome to my blog. My name is Purav Bhatt and I am an Indian Attorney in Chicago, Cook county, Dupage county and Lake county. As a lawyer, my practice services Lincolnwood, Skokie, Evanston and all other Chicago surrounding suburbs. My practice concentrates on criminal defense. Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation.

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Retail Theft and shoplifting laws changes

Retail theft or shoplifting is an offense that crosses age groups, socio-economic status and races. Recently, changes have been made to the theft laws here in Illinois. These changes favor defendants so it is vital a person knows what these changes are so that he/she can put forth the best defense against theft charges. The most important change is in [...]

By | March 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Retail Theft and shoplifting laws changes

Shoplifting & Retail Theft – First Time Offender’s Guide – Criminal Defense Attorney Skokie

Being arrested or cited for retail theft/shoplifting under Illinois Criminal Statute 720 ILCS 5/16A-3 can lead to serious criminal, civil and economic consequences. A person arrested for the first time has the opportunity to protect themselves during their criminal case, as well as, in their future if they know how to approach their case. By law, a [...]

By | March 28th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Shoplifting & Retail Theft – First Time Offender’s Guide – Criminal Defense Attorney Skokie

Drug Offenses and Sentences – Chicago Criminal Attorney

Felony Drug Crimes As a criminal defense lawyer in Chicago a major part of my practice is defending drug offenses including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and prescription drugs cases. People are charged with either possession, delivery, intent to deliver or manufacturing. Drug offenses are serious charges and carry sentences ranging from misdemeanor [...]

By | March 24th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Drug Offenses and Sentences – Chicago Criminal Attorney

Illinois to expand eligibility of sealing felony records – Chicago Criminal Lawyer

Sealing Felony Records Illinois is scheduled to expand a person's ability and eligibility to seal a criminal conviction. Public Act 097-1120 will allow and individual with a criminal conviction that was previously ineligible to be sealed to petition the Illinois Prisoner Review Board to seal a Class 3 or Class 4 felony conviction from their background. The [...]

By | March 24th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Illinois to expand eligibility of sealing felony records – Chicago Criminal Lawyer

BLOG: The 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent – Shut Up and Use It!

If you have the unfortunate experience of being questioned by the police or being placed under arrest there is one thing above all others that you should remember. KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. A judge I am in front of regularly and was a prosecutor before would routinely ask defendants, “Do you know how the fish got caught? He opened his [...]

By | March 20th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on BLOG: The 5th Amendment Right to Remain Silent – Shut Up and Use It!

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 during the course [...]

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Chicago Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

This year brought the signing of a bill highly anticipated by those who suffer from various chronic illnesses. In August, 2013, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill which will permit the legal sale of medical Marijuana in Illinois, under some of the strictest guidelines and as a four year pilot program. Chicago already has its first medical Marijuana dispensary clinic [...]

By | March 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Chicago Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Chicago Weapons Charges – Overturned Statute Could Mean Your Freedom

In a recent turn of events, the Illinois Supreme Court has determined a law regarding Chicago Weapons Charges that once indicated having a gun on one’s person outside of their home or business to be illegal, is now no longer. The new view on the unlawful use of a weapon has Chicago Criminal Lawyers considering what this [...]

By | March 10th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Chicago Weapons Charges – Overturned Statute Could Mean Your Freedom

Unlawful Use of Weapons

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony unlawful use of weapons (UUW) charge The Law Office of Purav Bhatt can help with your UUW or FOID defense in Chicago. We are highly experienced in dealing with all types of weapons and weapons FOID registration violations. Unlawful Use of Weapons: The [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Unlawful Use of Weapons

Traffic Ticket Lawyer and Violations

  Chicago Traffic Ticket and Traffic Violation Lawyer A traffic ticket or traffic violation on its own is considered a minor offense. However, if you do not approach your traffic matters with the proper legal knowledge, additional offenses can lead to suspension of your driver’s license, loss of driving privileges, significant fines and increased insurance [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Traffic Ticket Lawyer and Violations

Theft

What is considered Theft? In Illinois, theft is controlled by 720 ILCS 5/16-1. A person commits the offense of theft when he or she knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over the property of the owner or obtains control over the property through deception or threat. Additionally, you can be charged with theft if you [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Theft

Probation

Chicago Probation Lawyer Purav Bhatt Probation is an alternative to jail or prison sentences for both misdemeanor and felony cases. The sentence is given to individuals who show the court that they are contributing members of society who have not and will not commit future offenses. The Law Office of Purav Bhatt will work with the [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Probation

Chicago DUI Attorney Purav Bhatt

The State of Illinois drunk driving laws start with the .08 percentage blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. If you are under 21 years of age in Illinois there is a “zero” tolerance for alcohol and driving. The truth is, it takes few drinks to become legally impaired in the state of Illinois. The best choice [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Chicago DUI Attorney Purav Bhatt

Drug Lawyer Defense

Chicago Drug Lawyer Purav Bhatt The State of Illinois prosecutes drug crimes very seriously. A first offense conviction can result in incarceration and high fines. Further, it can negatively impact your personal life, including your ability to work or acquire professional licenses. If you have been charged with a drug offense, you need an experienced [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Drug Lawyer Defense

Domestic Battery

Illinois Domestic Battery Law Domestic battery law in Illinois is governed by 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2. A person commits domestic battery,violence or abuse if he intentionally or knowingly without legal justification by any means causes bodily harm to any family member, household member or someone the person is dating or makes physical contact of an insulting or [...]

By | February 4th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Domestic Battery