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Aggravated Battery of a Child

December 28th, 2018 at 2:22 pm

IL defense attorneyThe death of a three-month-old baby led to the recent arrest of a Marion, Illinois man. The man was arrested for battery to a child, domestic battery, and aggravated battery. Police responded to a female caller who said that her child was being abused. The mother took her baby to the Heartland Regional Medical Center before police showed up, but the baby died of his injuries, allegedly inflicted by the man arrested for the crime. As of this writing, it is not known whether the man had any relation to the baby, or what his relationship is to the woman who called the police. However, the crimes that he was taken in on are serious felonies, as evidenced by his $1 million jail bond.

Aggravated Battery of a Child Is a Felony

Under Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05(b), aggravated battery of a child is defined as follows:

  • Knowingly causing serious bodily injury, disfigurement, or disability; or
  • Knowingly causing bodily harm, disfigurement, or disability;

And:

  • The act of injury the child was unjustified;
  • The defendant is 18 years of age or older; and
  • The victim is under 13 years old.

Aggravated battery of a child is a Class X felony in Illinois, which carries a prison sentence of six to 30 years. However, additional years may be applied in the following circumstances:

  • If the defendant was armed with a firearm while committing the crime, 15 additional years can be added to the sentence for a total of 45 maximum years;
  • If the defendant fired a gun while committing the crime, 20 additional years can be added to the sentence for a total of 50 maximum years behind bars; and
  • If the defendant fired a gun and caused great bodily harm, disability, death, or permanent disfigurement to anyone, 25 additional years can be added to the sentence for a total maximum of 55 years in prison.

Aggravated Battery of an Unborn Child

Aggravated battery of an unborn child is a Class 2 felony under Illinois 720 ILCS 5/12-3.1(a-5). If a fetus is injured, disabled, or disfigured due to the battery of the mother, this offense can be added to the offense against the mother. Often it is a more serious crime to cause injury to an unborn fetus than it is to cause harm to another person. However, committing aggravated battery to a pregnant woman is also a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years. As such, it is not uncommon for a defendant who has caused injuries to an unborn child to be charged with two Class 2 felonies, totaling 14 years, and more for an extended term.

Contact a Cook County Attorney for Help Today

Whether you are charged with battery, aggravated domestic battery, battery to a child, or any other crime of violence, you need to contact a Cook County attorney. Call the dedicated Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at 847-394-3200 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.bnd.com/news/local/crime/article222258500.html

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Crimes Against Undocumented Immigrants

December 26th, 2018 at 2:20 pm

IL defense lawyerWith all of the political talk about illegal immigrants coming into the country who may be criminals, it brings another question to mind: what rights do illegal immigrants have when it comes to being protected by the law? Are crimes against illegal immigrants punishable, and if so, are perpetrators penalized to the same extent that they would be had the victim been a U.S. citizen?

Undocumented Immigrants and Workers Fear Retaliation

The National Immigration Project reports that immigrant victims are in fear of “reporting violent crimes and labor violations to law enforcement and working with the criminal justice system will expose them to deportation.” These victims also fear that they will be separated from their children and banished from the U.S. permanently if they do seek traditional victim support systems through law enforcement.

Senate Bill 34 VOICES Act Now Law

Senate Bill 34, the Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (the VOICES Act), is now law after the Illinois Senate and House both passed over Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto. The law states that police must investigate complaints of abuse and assault in a timely manner when the victim or alleged victim is an undocumented immigrant. By filing a report, immigrants can use them to work towards citizenship and visas. Opponents of the law argue that some undocumented immigrants will report crimes simply to further their chances of receiving citizenship. On the other side, proponents argue that undocumented immigrants and workers suffer fear of retaliation from their employers and fear of being deported if they speak up about a crime that was committed against them or a crime that they witnessed happen to another person and that this law will help remedy those fears.

What if I Have Been Charged with a Crime Against an Immigrant?

The most common crimes committed against undocumented workers include the following:

  • Human trafficking;
  • Robbery and theft;
  • Assault;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Battery;
  • Domestic violence; and
  • Workplace crimes.

If you have been accused of committing any of these offenses, you need to speak with an attorney. In some rare cases, alleged offenders are charged with hate crimes if there is evidence that the offense was committed because of the victim’s race or national origin. A hate crime can add potential serious jail or prison time to any offense that you are charged with.

Call a Cook County Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Crimes against undocumented immigrants are treated just as severely as crimes committed against U.S. citizens. As such, it is dangerous to enter the mindset that the allegations made against you are not serious. Make no mistake, you need to contact an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney immediately. Call 847-394-3200 to reach the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

http://rockrivertimes.com/2018/11/28/illinois-house-overrides-voices-act-veto/

https://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/victims.html

 

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Police Brutality

December 21st, 2018 at 2:21 pm

IL defense attorneyMost law enforcement officers conduct themselves professionally and treat those who they are arresting with as much respect as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Police brutality affects people of all demographics, though minorities are disproportionately the victims of unnecessary police violence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hit more than 50 times by police batons, and the police who administered the beating were acquitted. A black undercover police officer himself fell victim to police violence when he was disguised as a protester — his duty being to monitor illegal acts within the crowd to make arrests later — during a St. Louis demonstration in 2017.

Residents had taken to the streets in a planned protest over the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man, then planted a weapon on him after he was dead. The undercover officer, who was wearing a shirt that revealed his waistband — indicating that he was not armed — was beaten with batons for no reason by three police officers. Earlier text messages between the officers revealed that they had planned on carrying out such beatings. When they discovered that the man they had chosen to beat with riot batons was an undercover cop, they destroyed his phone, tried to contact witnesses to influence their testimony, and lied to a federal grand jury. The officers are facing four offenses, one of which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, while the other three crimes carry sentences of 20 years each.

Were You the Victim of Police Brutality?

In situations where you were arrested without probable cause or police used unnecessary violence to subdue and handcuff you, your civil rights were violated. In such scenarios, you stand a good chance to have the charges placed against you dropped, depending on what those were for. It all depends on what you were arrested for. In many cases of police brutality, law enforcement was simply carrying out a routine traffic stop, was performing a stop and frisk, or was trying to disperse a crowd during a protest. In such instances in which you, both the defendant and the victim, were not arrested for a crime of violence, charges may be dropped if there is enough evidence to support your claims of police brutality. A Cook County criminal defense lawyer can help you compile evidence to submit a compelling case that police brutality did occur. Cell phone footage, police body cameras, surveillance cameras, and witnesses can all be used to prove the truth.

Contact a Cook County Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Illinois has a long history of police brutality, just like every other state in the country. For justice and to clear your name of wrongdoing, you need to work with an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 for a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/30/us/st-louis-officers-undercover-assault/index.html

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/

 

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Can Juvenile Records Be Expunged in Illinois?

December 19th, 2018 at 2:19 pm

IL juvenile defense lawyerA criminal record can be devastating for a minor. It can prevent them from obtaining future employment, and could even result in them losing a scholarship or not getting accepted to a certain university or college. For this reason, it is very important that juveniles charged or convicted of a crime speak to a Rolling Meadows juvenile crime lawyer that can help them get their record expunged.

What Is an Expungement?

When a criminal record is expunged, it is removed from all public government files and destroyed. Any information related to the criminal record including fingerprints, reports of the arrest, photographs, and any other evidence will also be destroyed. Essentially, it provides the juvenile with a clean slate and after expungement, they will no longer have a criminal record.

Often the terms ‘expungement’ and ‘sealed records’ are used interchangeably. However, it is important that minors, and their parents, understand that these are two different terms that have different meanings. When a record is sealed, it is still available and can be seen by certain individuals. Expunging a record means it is as though the record never existed.

When Can Juvenile Records Be Expunged?

Almost any case that was tried in juvenile court can be expunged, with two exceptions. Those exceptions are when the crime involved first-degree murder or was a felony sex offense. The instances in which a juvenile record may be expunged include:

  • When the minor was arrested but not charged with committing a crime;
  • The minor was found not guilty of a crime, and a petition of delinquency was not filed;
  • A minor was charged, but those charges were later dismissed;
  • The minor adequately completed supervision; or
  • The minor was found guilty of a Class B or Class C misdemeanor.

Minors found guilty of a crime may still have their record expunged in certain cases. There are, however, certain crimes that are considered to be disqualifying. When one of those disqualifying crimes has been committed, the record may not be expunged. Aggravated battery, robbery, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon are a few examples of crimes that could disqualify a record from being expunged.

Juvenile Records that Cannot Be Expunged

The Office of the State Appellate Defender outlines when juvenile criminal records may not be expunged. The first is when a juvenile case began in juvenile court, but was moved to adult court.

Certain offenses are also not eligible to be expunged from juvenile records. These include driving under the influence, first-degree murder, and any sex offenses that would be considered felonies if an adult committed them.

How to Apply for an Expungement

In order to obtain an expungement, a petition needs to be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. This is particularly necessary when a record is not eligible for automatic expungement.

Anyone that wishes to have a criminal record expunged for themselves or their child should speak to a juvenile crime lawyer in Rolling Meadows. The Office of the State Appellate Defender states it is not necessary to use an attorney to get an expungement, however, having a lawyer can be of great help. An attorney can advise on whether or not an expungement is possible. They can also ensure that paperwork is filed correctly so that the expungement is obtained as soon as possible.

Contact a Rolling Meadows Juvenile Crime Lawyer Today

If you or your child has a juvenile criminal record you would like to get expunged, contact a passionate Rolling Meadows juvenile defense attorney at our office today at 847-394-3200. One mistake should not follow you around for the rest of your life, and there are steps that can be taken to ensure it does not. Call us today to schedule your free consultation so we can start reviewing your case as soon as possible.

 

Source:

https://www2.illinois.gov/osad/Expungement/Documents/Juvenile%20Exp%20Guide/JuvenileExpungementGuide.pdf

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Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing

December 14th, 2018 at 2:17 pm

IL defense lawyerBeing convicted or charged with a crime has implications that last long after the prison or jail sentence has been served. A criminal record will undoubtedly haunt you for the rest of your life as you seek employment, apply for certain types of loans, find housing, and try to fit in with society again. Employment, in particular, can be difficult to procure if you have a criminal record, as employers often eliminate all applicants with records simply to protect themselves from negligent hiring lawsuits. Sadly, even innocent people are treated like criminals if they were arrested for a crime, but then never convicted. There are steps to take if you were arrested for a crime or convicted of a crime, such a expungement and sealing of criminal records, and a Cook County attorney may be able to help you in this process.

Record Sealing

Record sealing is the process of making a criminal record invisible to employers and the general public. Law enforcement, judges, and some other governmental entities may be able to access your criminal record even if it is sealed, however. And, not all crimes can be sealed. In fact, very few felony offenses can be placed under seal. Most misdemeanor crimes, however, can be sealed from public view. Although, misdemeanor offenses involving driving under the influence (DUI crimes), crimes of violence, and sexual crimes cannot be sealed, according to the Office of the State Appellate Director.

Record Expungement

Having an arrest record expunged is similar to having a criminal record sealed, except that in expungement, you are only seeking to have the arrest record erased so that public entities and employers can no longer see it. No matter what type of crime you were charged with, arrested for, interrogated about, and placed on trial for, it can be erased from the public record if you were found innocent. Your arrest record includes your fingerprints, mug shot, and more. Unfortunately, even an arrest record can seriously harm your future career and social standing within your community. Additionally, juvenile offenses, some probations, and some supervisions can be expunged from the public record as well. Record expungement involves complete destruction of the charges and offenses, unlike record sealing.

Contact a Cook County Record Expungement and Record Sealing Attorney

Record sealing and record expungement are long, complicated processes. Many people are denied simply because they became overwhelmed and did not understand how to properly file. Others are denied because their offenses are crimes that cannot be sealed, and they wasted time, money, and energy on a task that was doomed to fail. Whether you have recently been charged with a crime and need a criminal defense attorney, or you were previously charged and either convicted or proven innocent, the Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley can provide the legal assistance that you need. Call us at 847-394-3200 to schedule a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/osad/Expungement/Documents/Crinminal%20Exp%20Guide/ExpungementSealingOverview.pdf

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Is Theft from a Garage Burglary?

December 12th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

IL defense lawyerBurglary is a serious felony offense, regardless of the value of the property taken, unlike theft, which is often a misdemeanor crime if the value of the property taken was low. For example, stealing a bike would be considered a misdemeanor of petty theft if the value of the bike was only $300, as per Illinois statute 20 ILCS 5/16-1. If that same bike was stolen out of someone’s residential garage, the crime would automatically be upgraded to a felony. Why is this? Burglary is considered a crime of violence, and the offense is punishable as such.

Types of Buildings, Structures, and Vehicles that Involve Burglary

Burglary is defined as knowingly entering, or without authority remaining, in any of the following:

  • Building;
  • House trailer (such as an RV);
  • Aircraft;
  • Watercraft; or
  • Motor vehicle.

The second element to burglary is that the defendant entered one of the above places or vehicles with the intent to commit any felony or any degree of theft. Examples of these felonies include arson, destruction of property, vandalism, assault, sexual assault, homicide, and more. Or, if any theft occurs or the defendant’s goal was to commit a theft, then burglary has occurred. As such, wandering into someone’s open garage to notify the owner that their car is being towed is not burglary. Breaking into their garage or entering it without permission to steal a bike or any other object is burglary.

Residential Burglary Is a Class 1 Felony

Committing burglary of a residential building, including a garage, is a Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in prison, as per Illinois 720 ILCS 5/19‑3.

Criminal Trespass Is a Class A Misdemeanor or a Class 4 Felony

Criminal trespass is a much lower level offense than burglary. The only elements that are different include that the defendant did not have any intention to commit, and did not commit, a felony or theft when the knowingly entered the residence of another person. Criminal trespass is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail if a defendant knowingly entered or remained in a residence (without intent to commit a felony or theft). If a defendant entered a residence and knew or had reason to believe that another person was in the residence, and the defendant remained in the home after knowing this, then the offense is raised to a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison.

Reach Out to a Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense Attorney

Theft, burglary, and criminal trespass are all three very different crimes, with burglary being the most serious. If you have been charged with an offense, an attorney may be able to reduce the charges against you, have the charges dropped, fight for a fair plea deal, or take your case to court and win. Call the Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K16-1

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Violating the Open Meeting Act

December 7th, 2018 at 11:19 pm

IL defense attorneyThe university president and board of trustees to Western Illinois University are currently under investigation for violating the Open Meeting Act, which mandates that all public entities, such as government bodies and public universities, hold meetings in the open for the public’s right of access. The University Professionals of Illinois has requested that the McDonough County State Attorney’s Office pursue a criminal investigation into the president and board’s actions after an audio recording revealed their closed meeting discussion. Among the violations alleged by the University Professionals of Illinois are:

  • Planning illegal closed meetings;
  • Discussing public business in closed meetings;
  • Scripting public meetings;
  • Failure to release closed session meetings; and
  • Circumventing the law with “2 plus 2″ meetings.

Furthermore, the University Professionals of Illinois believes that there were at least 21 closed meetings within the last three years. But what exactly is the Open Meeting Act and how does it apply to those with public positions?

The Purpose of the Open Meeting Act

The Open Meeting Act under statute 5 ILCS 120 has two main objectives. The first is to keep citizens informed about the conduct of public bodies. This is made possible by enforcing open meetings. No public entity can conduct meetings behind closed doors. The second objective is to allow citizens advance notice of public meetings and the right to attend these meetings. The Act is designed to thwart corruption and other actions that would corrode society’s best interests.

What Is a Public Body?

The Open Meeting Act of Illinois covers all “public bodies.” Public bodies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Legislative, executive, administrative, and advisory bodies of:
    • The State;
    • Counties;
    • Townships;
    • Cities;
    • Villages;
    • Incorporated towns;
    • School districts; and
    • Other municipal corporations, boards, bureaus, committees, and commissions of the State.

What Are the Consequences of Being Found Guilty of Violating the Open Meeting Act?

While a Class C misdemeanor is the lowest type of criminal offense, it does not come without serious consequences. A Class C misdemeanor involves a fine and a criminal record if the defendant is found guilty. Such a charge will undoubtedly follow a professional or public official throughout the rest of the lives and will surely diminish the future of their career, their social status within their community, and their personal relationships. Moreover, every violation of the Open Meetings Act can be charged as an offense by itself, meaning that if a defendant allegedly violated this law dozens of times, they could be charged with dozens of offenses. Only an experienced Cook County criminal defense attorney can help you navigate these criminal charges.

Contact a Cook County Criminal Attorney Today

Violations of the Open Meeting Act are serious and are pursued with extreme vigor by the prosecution and media. Your career, reputation, and finances are at serious risk if you have been charged with this offense. We urge you to contact dedicated Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 to schedule a free consultation at once.

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2

https://wqad.com/2018/11/19/wiu-board-admits-to-breaking-the-law/

 

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Four Ways to Avoid Incriminating Yourself After Your Arrest

December 5th, 2018 at 11:24 pm

incriminationWhen you are arrested, your primary objective should be to defend your case to reduce your chance of being convicted as much as possible. Simply being innocent of a crime does not guarantee you will not be convicted. We can estimate the number of Americans who are wrongfully convicted each year, but we cannot know for sure just how many innocent people head to jail and in some cases, die by execution. But we do know that it does happen. Your criminal defense lawyer’s job is to protect you from being convicted. But there are ways you can reduce your chance of being convicted, too. Take some time to educate yourself on ways to avoid self-incrimination.

Choose Not to Talk with Law Enforcement

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees you the right to avoid self-incrimination. During interactions with law enforcement, you are under no obligation to answer officers’ questions or to even make small talk with them. After you are arrested, tell the police that you do not want to talk to them. Follow that statement by saying that you would like to speak with your attorney. Officers are required to stop questioning you when you request your lawyer.

Retain a Lawyer as Soon as Possible

The sooner you start working with a lawyer, the more effectively he or she can help you defend your case. This is because by retaining a lawyer shortly after your arrest – or if possible, retaining a lawyer before your arrest – gives your lawyer time to coach you through interactions with law enforcement and gather the evidence you will use to support your position in court.

Have Incriminating Statements you Made Thrown Out

When you are interacting with law enforcement, you are scared. You are unsure about the outcome you are facing, and in these moments, it is quite possible that you will make statements that can work against you. Your lawyer can file a motion to suppress certain statements if you were coerced into making them or if you were not read your Miranda Rights. Coercion can happen when you are physically harmed by an officer or otherwise made to feel uncomfortable, such as being denied water.

Keep Your Case to Yourself

Whether you have been arrested or not, you should always keep your case’s details to yourself. You can never know who might be asked to provide testimony about your case. The best way to limit the amount of information that can be given in court and potentially used against you, even information that initially seems neutral or like it could work in your benefit, is to keep it between you and your lawyer.

Work with an Experienced Cook County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Start working with an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. To learn more about your rights and how you can avoid incriminating yourself during interactions with law enforcement and the court, schedule your initial legal consultation with our team at the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today. Call us at 847-394-3200.

 

Sources:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2014/04/28/how-many-people-are-wrongly-convicted-researchers-do-the-math/

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License Revocation at Discretion of the Court

November 28th, 2018 at 2:35 pm

IDMost moving violations do not end up with the driver being sentenced to a license revocation. In fact, even when serious bodily injury has occurred, the driver is typically allowed to drive that very same day so long as they are not seriously injured. However, in some circumstances, a court may revoke a driver’s license without a hearing, as per Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/6-206 Discretionary authority to suspend or revoke license or permit; right to a hearing.

If a driver’s behavior falls under one of 48 different categories, they may lose their license immediately, and without a hearing, if the court believes that is the best course of action to keep other road users safe. These specific behaviors and actions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The driver committed an offense that requires license or permit revocation upon conviction;
  • The driver has been convicted of three or more moving traffic violations in any 12 month period;
  • The driver has repeatedly been involved in motor vehicle collisions, or has repeatedly been convicted of traffic offenses to a degree that indicates lack of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable care, or disrespect for traffic laws and the safety of other people;
  • While driving illegally, the driver caused bodily injury to another road user;
  • The driver utilized a fake driver’s license;
  • The driver refused to submit to an examination or failed an examination under Section 620-7;
  • The driver used false statements or submitted false facts in order to gain a driver’s license;
  • The driver possessed, displayed, or attempted to display a driver’s license that was not their own;
  • The driver operated a motor vehicle on a state highway with an invalid driver’s license;
  • The driver fled the scene of a crash in which $1,000 or more in property damage occurred;
  • The driver, while driving, was found to be possessing an illegal controlled substance on their person or in their vehicle; and
  • The driver refused to submit to a breath test or their blood alcohol content was found to be 0.08 or higher while driving a motor vehicle.

At Least Seven Million People Across the Country Have Lost Their License Due to Debt

Statistics show that at least seven million Americans have had their licenses revoked or suspended simply because they failed to pay their traffic fine debts. The total number is likely much higher than seven million, and here in Illinois a driver’s license can be revoked for repeatedly getting traffic citations to the “degree that indicates . . . disrespect for the traffic laws. Opponents of these types of laws believe that they overly penalize the poor—those who cannot afford to pay their parking and speeding tickets.

Call a Rolling Meadows License Revocation Attorney

If your driver’s license has been revoked or suspended, or you are facing another moving violation that will put you over the top in terms of points on your license, you need to call a Cook County criminal defense lawyer. Call skilled Cook County criminal defense attorney Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 for a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/more-than-7-million-people-may-have-lost-drivers-licenses-because-of-traffic-debt/2018/05/19/97678c08-5785-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html?utm_term=.b3c9b1b08b8a

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K6-206

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Counterfeiting Counts as Theft

November 26th, 2018 at 1:48 pm

fraudA Chicago man allegedly scammed potentially dozens of people by selling them counterfeit concert tickets. He was recently caught after he sold a woman two $125 Imagine Dragon tickets on Craigslist, who took the tickets to the concert in June only to learn that they were “very good fakes,” according to the ticket checker. The woman later reported the defendant’s license plates to the police, who discovered that they were the plates of a rental car rented by the defendant’s friend and loaned to him. The defendant, who is under investigation for selling numerous counterfeit concert tickets, has five prior convictions for forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud in Texas and Illinois. A number of charges can be slapped onto those who sell counterfeit tickets.

Forgery Charges for Producing or Possessing a Counterfeit Ticket

Under Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/17-3, forgery has been committed when a person knowingly commits any of the following:

  • Makes a false document or alters a document that could be used to defraud another;
  • Issues, sells, or otherwise gives such a document to another knowing that it is fake or has been altered;
  • Possess with intent to deliver said document;
  • Unlawfully uses the digital signature of another; or
  • Unlawfully uses the signature of another to create an electronic signature.

Forgery is usually a Class 3 felony, punishable by five to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000. It is a Class A misdemeanor to forge an academic degree or coin, punishable by one to three years in prison.

Theft Charges

In addition to any forgery charges that a defendant may face, they may also be charged with theft. Theft occurs when a person unlawfully procures another’s possessions or assets without intent to return them. As such, selling a counterfeit ticket will incur a theft charge. Depending on the amount that the ticket or tickets were sold for, the theft charges may be misdemeanor or felony offenses.

Check Fraud and Counterfeiting Money

There are various forms of check fraud, including kiting checks, passing bad checks, and check floating. Another type of check fraud is using counterfeit or forging checks. This includes forging a signature, changing the amount the check was made to, changing the name of who it was made to, or altering it in any other way. Under Title 18, Section 471 of the United States Code, manufacturing counterfeit money is punishable under federal law by a fine of $5,000 and 15 years in prison. Possessing counterfeit money is punishable by $15,000 and 15 years in prison.

Contact a Cook County Criminal Attorney Today

Any type of counterfeiting or forgery is a serious crime. You may be up against half a dozen charges as well, including theft and fraud. You need to call an attorney at once. Contact the office of dedicated Rolling Meadows forgery attorney Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 for a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.moneyfactory.gov/resources/lawsandregulations.html

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/alleged-ticket-scammer-caught-sold-fakes-in-wisconsin-illinois/article_ea5d852c-7d98-5f76-b4ff-57f54521d962.html

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