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January 2015 Archives

Are You Facing Marijuana Charges?

The legalization of marijuana has become a hot issue on ballots across the United States. Even Illinois voters approved a medical marijuana law, which is set to launch sometime this year. It may seem that the state is easing its restrictions on marijuana possession and usage, but the medical marijuana law is the strictest seen in the country and those without a doctor's permission can find themselves facing criminal charges for marijuana.

Can a Lawyer Help with My Probation Violation?

If you were accused of violating the terms of your probation, it may be in your best interest to speak with an Aurora criminal defense lawyer at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. immediately. One mistake could extend the length of your probation or even send you back to jail, so these accusations should be taken seriously. When you work with an attorney from our firm, we will fight aggressively to protect your future. Not only can we dedicate more than 45 years of legal experience to your defense, but we have already handled more than 10,000 criminal cases-giving us the competitive edge that you need.

What to Do When You Are Charged With a Drug Crime

The government has made it no secret that is has declared a war on drugs. With laws and regulations enacted that treat those accused of drug crimes like a violent criminal, even minor possession offenses can find someone facing significant time in prison and a serious criminal. When these important personal freedoms are at stake, the criminally accused cannot take any risks with their cases. The first thing that you should do when drug accusations have been leveled against you is to contact a criminal defense attorney.

Do I Need a Shoplifting Attorney?

Some criminal charges may seem so minor that you may be hesitant to bother hiring a lawyer. Shoplifting charges could fall under this category. The penalties for shoplifting-or "retail theft," as it's known in Illinois-can be quite minimal, but some cases could be more devastating than you would think.

What are the Laws on Marijuana Possession?

In the state of Illinois, using, possessing, or manufacturing marijuana or cannabis is illegal under Cannabis Control Act and could lead to heavy fines and a possible jail or prison sentence depending on the amount of marijuana in your possession. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. You could be charged with a drug crime if you knowingly and intentionally have marijuana in your possession.

Assault vs. Battery: How Do They Differ?

In many legal contexts, assault and battery are used as interchangeable terms, but in actuality, they are two separate crimes. Assault/battery can be committed when someone tries to or actually strikes another person or acts in a threatening manner intended to cause a fear of harm in another person. They can be linked together when referring to criminal instances like a physical altercation, or used separately when considering a crime like sexual assault.

How Do Police Attain a Warrant For My Arrest?

While television often depicts arrests occurring on a whim, in many instances police must obtain a warrant before taking a suspected criminal into custody. These arrest warrants must be signed by a judge before a police officer is authorized to make an arrest. In addition to giving permission for the arrest, a warrant may make stipulations concerning when and how the arrest can be made, and even set the acceptable bail amount for the suspect.