Appeals – Fighting Your Conviction
If you have been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony, you have a right to appeal your conviction to the Appellate Court. A strong appellate attorney can help you successfully argue your case and make sure your rights are protected.
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Burglary, Robbery, and Retail Theft
The Law Offices of Joshua Kutnick has experience handling all kinds of theft-related offenses, both felony and misdemeanor.
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Child pornography is any image or images explicitly depicting anyone under the age of 18 in a sexual manner. A child pornography arrest can include simply possessing material depicting children commencing in sexual acts, or creating this material by filming or taking pictures. The major medium used to spread child pornography is over the internet. Child pornography convictions cannot be expunged.
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Civil Rights – Section 1983 cases and more
Anytime you encounter a police officer or any other government official, you have certain rights guaranteed under the United States and Illinois constitutions. Those rights cannot be violated, and things such as wrongful arrest, police brutality, police misconduct, police shootings, prosecutorial misconduct and wrongful prosecutions all are things the government may do that violate your civil rights.
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Computers and Cyber-crime
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Domestic Violence arrests and Orders of Protection
Domestic violence arrests often contain two parts, the criminal case itself, and a part that involves an order of protection (OP). Both are serious, and having an experienced criminal defense attorney for both is important to protect your rights and defend you.
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Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a dangerous, reckless act. That is why police departments in the Chicagoland area and throughout Illinois make an effort to arrest as many intoxicated motorists as possible each year.Learn more about D.U.I.
Expungements / Sealing Your Record
If you have been charged with a crime of any kind, you may feel hopeless because your criminal record can follow you, even if you were never charged or were found not guilty. This does not have to be the case; you may be able to request an expungement if you are eligible.Learn more about expungement
A person can be charged in either Illinois courts, Federal courts, or both. Federal courts handle cases that allege someone violated United State federal law. As such, they are prosecuted in federal courts and pose harsher criminal penalties, including significant monetary fines and longer terms of imprisonment.
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Guns and Violent Crimes
Illinois has some of the most serious and complex gun and violent-crime laws in the United States, and, if you own a gun or possess one, it’s important to understand how the law affects you.Learn more about guns and violent crimes
One of the newer areas of law is what is known as a “hate crime.” In Illinois, a person commits a hate crime when they commit any crime against a person or group of individuals by reason of their actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin, regardless of the existence of any other motivating factor. These crimes include assault, battery, theft, criminal trespass, criminal damage to property, mob action, disorderly conduct, and harassment.
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A juvenile is anyone who is younger than the statutory age of majority, which, in Illinois, is 18 years old. This is considered the point in a person’s life when they are no longer considered a child, but instead treated as an adult.Learn more about juvenile arrests
In Illinois, involuntary manslaughter is committed when a person unintentionally kills another person without lawful justification due to reckless or illegal behavior. If that person committed an act knowing that there was a high chance of killing someone, if their act involved excessive recklessness, or if they knew their actions were likely to cause serious bodily harm or death, they could face charges of involuntary manslaughter.
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In Illinois, there are two types of murder: First-degree and second-degree. First-degree murder is committed when one person kills another person without justification with the intent to do so, or by committing an act with intent to do great bodily harm, or knowing that such an act will or is likely to result in the other person’s death. Murder in the first degree also includes causing a person’s death while in the act of committing a forcible felony aside from second-degree murder.
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Narcotics and Drug-related Crimes
Illinois has very strict and complicated laws regarding the possession, manufacture and distribution of controlled substances. Under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570), the possession, distribution, or manufacture of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, steroids or illegally obtained prescription drugs can be serious misdemeanors and felonies. These crimes can carry serious consequences, including extended periods of imprisonment, even for first offenses or small amounts.
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Sexual Assault and Misconduct
Some of the most serious – and seriously punished – crimes are those related to sex, sexual assault, or sexual conduct. Often, these crimes carry penalties that last the rest of your life, including mandatory registration upon any conviction.
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White Collar Crimes
Economic crimes against corporations or the government are often called “white collar crimes.” Federal agencies often step in to handle these offenses, but most cases are handled by local and state authorities.
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