Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud: How Are The Two Different?

Everyone knows that tax laws in the United States are extremely complicated and difficult to understand. In many situations, it is challenging to comply with every applicable tax rule and regulation, which can leave you in a difficult situation. Everyone wants to minimize how much they pay in taxes, and depending on how you execute, it can land you in hot water. If you have been charged with tax fraud or tax Read More

5 Ways to Be a Defensive Driver on the Road

Whether you have just gotten your license or you’ve been driving for years, the best way to stay safe on the road is to practice defensive driving habits. Defensive driving helps to minimize your risks of an accident on the road and also helps ensure you have plenty of reaction time to try to avoid an accident caused by someone else. The following are some proven tips that can help you avoid collisions and Read More

White Collar Crime: Understanding Money Laundering

When people think of money laundering, they often picture large scale mobsters like Al Capone laundering millions of dollars. However, many people might not even be aware that they are committing this crime. Understanding what money laundering is, and how it can impact your case, is very important. What Is Money Laundering? Money laundering is any action that takes money earned in some illegal way, and then Read More

5 Punishable Offenses Categorized As Illinois Sex Crimes

When people hear “sex crimes,” they usually associate it with rape.  But, under Illinois law, there are many types of punishable offenses under the category of sex crimes. Sex crimes are serious, and carry a heavy stigma.  Those convicted of sex crimes face difficulty obtaining credit, finding a job, purchasing or renting a home, and maintaining personal relationships. 1. Statutory Rape Statutory rape means Read More

5 Things To Know About DUIs In Chicago

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and it is a serious offense with lasting consequences in the state of Illinois. 1. The Legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) Limit For DUI Offenses Is .08% BAC is a way to measure the amount of alcohol present in someone’s blood.  Driving with a BAC of over .08% is illegal, and it results in a charge of DUI. However, in Illinois, someone with a BAC between .05% Read More

Five Facts About Illinois Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

Those convicted of DUIs in Chicago will have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle after an arrest. 1. What Is An IID? An IID is a small machine which is connected to the steering column on a vehicle. A car that has an IID installed will not start unless the driver blows into the IID and is not intoxicated. Basically, the device is a breathalyzer that controls whether or not Read More

6 Facts About Theft In Chicago

There are lots of different kinds of theft.  Someone could steal a lighter from a gas station, steal someone’s car, or take money from their employer. While each type of theft is a little different, many theft charges in Chicago are lumped together under current laws. 1. Theft Of An item From A Retail Outlet Worth Less Than $500 Is A Class A Misdemeanor Stealing a pen worth $3 from an office supply store Read More

4 Areas That Are Not Protected Under Fourth Amendment Search And Seizure Laws

Most people are aware of places that are protected against warrantless searches and seizures, such as a person’s home or vehicle. It is also important to know which areas do enjoy protection in order to avoid unwanted government searches. 1. Trash It may seem odd to consider trash when it comes to searches and seizures.  Even though trash contains items that are thrown out, many people don’t consider the Read More

5 Types of Vehicle Searches in Chicago

While a personal vehicle seems like a place that should receive a high level of protection from government searches, it receives much less protection than a home and can be searched without a warrant under certain circumstances. 1. Search Incident to Arrest Generally, police should have a warrant to search personal property.  While a vehicle is personal property, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as Read More

4 Facts About Assault and Battery Charges In Chicago

Lots of people tend to think that assault and battery are the same thing.  The words are used together so often that it is easy to believe they are the same crime. While the two terms are similar, in Illinois, they refer to two different crimes with different levels of punishment. 1. Battery Means An Offensive Touch The legal definition of battery is when someone “intentionally or knowingly, and without Read More