Criminal Law Resources
|Every state classifies certain acts as illegal criminal offenses whereby an individual can face a variety of punishments. Acts such as robbery, battery, driving under the influence of alcohol are a few common examples. There are many more acts which are considered crimes in Illinois.
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Each crime is either considered a misdemeanor, punishable by no more than a year in jail, or a felony which carries with it a sentence that can last over a year or more. In addition, criminal acts may carry heavy financial penalties such as fines.
Police and Prosecutors are trying to make sure you receive punishment. But, when you are accused of criminal behavior you have rights, including the right to an attorney. With the help of an attorney, you can have your charges reduced or even dismissed completely. This is because many times police officers do not respect the rights you had prior to being arrested. In addition, there are many other reasons, that without the help of an attorney you may miss, why you may have your charges reduced or even dismissed.