Champaign Criminal Defense Blog

November 1st, 2022

Can A School Fight Be Prosecuted?

Yes. Your child can face charges if involved in a fight in an Illinois school. The charges are generally assault or battery, which can result in life-altering consequences for the charged minor. In times past, kids fighting at school may have seemed no big deal. The principal would call the parents. Maybe the children involved...

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July 1st, 2022

How to Prove I’ve Been Wrongfully Convicted

The criminal justice system in the United States is supposed to convict those guilty of crimes and clear the innocent of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, and sometimes, people are wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. There can be any number of reasons for a wrongful conviction, and if you were...

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January 1st, 2022

What’s the Difference Between a Federal and a State Charge?

If you have been arrested, it’s important to know whether you will be charged in state court or federal court. Usually, the local police departments and Sheriff’s offices handle state charges and other crimes are investigated by federal agencies such as the FBI and DEA. However, there are cases where you may be arrested by...

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November 1st, 2021

Can I Get a Felony Expunged?

If you’ve been convicted of a felony crime, you may have served your time in prison and may have paid or are struggling to pay significant fines. Unfortunately, in many cases, life doesn’t just return to how it was before conviction. You may continue to feel the ramifications of your felony conviction for months and...

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September 18th, 2021

How to Beat a DUI

You thought you were driving just fine. The traffic cop currently on your tail begs to differ. You completely flubbed the field sobriety test, and you just blew a .09 BAC on the Breathalyzer. Now what? You’re in big trouble, and it will go from bad to worse very quickly unless you get the highly...

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January 15th, 2017

Four Chicago residents accused of hate crime

Four people were charged with hate crimes, kidnapping, aggravated battery, and aggravated lawful restraint on Thursday, January 5 in relation to a video posted on Facebook that showed them assaulting a man. Authorities said they found the disoriented victim wandering the streets and were able to surmise that the assault had gone on for hours. The...

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December 15th, 2016

Former congressman Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to felony charges

Thirty-five-year-old former Representative Aaron Schock (Republican of Illinois) has maintained his innocence ever since federal prosecutors charged him with 24-count indictment in November, pleading not guilty last Monday, December 12 to two dozen counts of felony corruption, including wire and mail fraud, stealing government funds, filing false tax returns, and falsifying federal campaign forms. Federal...

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December 7th, 2016

Fourth suspect in U.S. Cellular in Dixon robbery arrested

A fourth suspect, in connection to an armed robbery at a store of telecommunications company U.S. Cellular in Dixon, Illinois, was taken into police custody. The robbery happened at the Keul Road store on Thursday, November 10 around 7:30 p.m. Reports showed that three individuals who were wearing masks and who were carrying handguns infiltrated...

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December 2nd, 2016

Man charged with drug possession can face up to 30 years in jail

Juvon Mays, 35, is facing up to 30 years of imprisonment on charges of possession with intent to deliver both heroin and cannabis. The Champaign, Illinois man will face sentencing by Judge Heidi Ladd on Wednesday, December 21. Mays’ trial began on Monday, November 14. During a raid on the house where Mays was arrested, police...

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November 15th, 2016

Former U.S. congressman Aaron Schock receives indictment on two criminal counts

Thirty-five-year-old former United States Representative Aaron Schock (Republican of Illinois) once had a $5,000 chandelier attached to his government office, cementing the rumors that he loved the good and expensive life. In a sweeping 24-count grand jury indictment given to him on Thursday, November 10 in Springfield, prosecutors constructed in detail the circumstances in which...

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