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Probation Violation Hearings in Cook County

Defendants facing criminal charges in Cook County should be concerned about the possibility of jail or prison time. However, only a small percentage of first-time offenders charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies will be sentenced to jail or prison. Most of these first-time offenders will be put on probation. Typically, attorneys explain to defendants what…

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Sentence Credit in Illinois

In Illinois, defendants facing years of prison may not actually have to complete their entire sentence. Defendants are often eligible for sentence credit based on the completion of programs or services rendered while they are in jail awaiting sentencing or during their time in prison. A sentence credit for prison sentences may be awarded for…

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Retail Theft in Illinois

In Illinois, there are different levels of retail theft charges for which the punishments can differ. A punishment can increase from misdemeanor to felony after a theft exceeds a relatively low monetary value. Retail theft in Illinois is when an individual “takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away...any merchandise” without…

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