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Facing Burglary Charges in Illinois?

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Burglary charges are oftentimes misunderstood. Burglary generally refers to when a person illegally enters another person's property with intent to commit a crime. Breaking into another’s property alone is not enough to charge someone with burglary. If it cannot be proven that the person intended to commit another crime on the property or inside the residence, this crime is called trespassing.

Proving Burglary Occurred

A state prosecutor must prove several things in order for a criminal defendant to be convicted of burglary . First, he or she must prove that the defendant entered a property without the property owners consent. If the defendant had permission to enter the property at one point, but that permission has since expired, this is still considered entering the property without permission. Secondly, the prosecutor must show that the defendant knowingly entered the premises. If a defendant accidently wandered into someone’s property, it can be hard for a prosecutor to make a burglary charge or even trespassing charge stick. Lastly and most importantly, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant planned to commit a theft or a felony on the property.

What is Burglary

Although we usually think of burglary as breaking into someone’s home with intent to commit a crime, the term encompasses more than this. A defendant may be charged with burglary for entering a motor vehicle, boat, aircraft, or other property in addition to buildings and homes. In Illinois, the type of property which the defendant entered can affect the potential criminal penalties he or she faces. If the crime took place in a school, church, or other place of worship, it is a Class 1 felony offense. Burglaries of homes and residences are also Class 1 felonies under Illinois law. Burglary of other types of property is most often considered a Class 2 felony offense. If the state prosecutor can prove that the defendant was trespassing on another person’s property, but not that he or she intended to commit theft or another crime, the charges may be reduced to criminal trespass. Criminal trespass is a Class A misdemeanor or Class 4 felony in Illinois depending on the circumstances.
Contact a Will County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with burglary, speak with an experienced Joliet Illinois criminal defense lawyer right away. To speak with the knowledgeable legal professionals at the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., call us at 815-740-4025. We offer cost-free, no-obligation initial consultations.

Treatment Over Jail for Illinois Veterans Facing Criminal Charges

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Men and women who bravely entered military service and now bear the scars of that service deserve special care. Nearly 4 million Americans have served in the post-9/11 military, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One in three of them has a service-connected disability, roughly one in five suffers from PTSD, and many have substance abuse disorders. Thus, when a veteran commits a crime, such as drug possession , the courts should take the effects of their military service into account.

The Will County Veterans Court was created to ensure that those who have faithfully served our country are given the option of treatment over criminal punishment. Those who successfully complete their treatment program will have all criminal charges dismissed.

Who Is Eligible for Will County Veterans Court?

The Veterans Court program is open to military veterans and current service members who are currently charged with a crime and who meet these additional criteria:

• The crime charged is not one of the following: first or second degree murder, criminal sexual assault, armed robbery, arson, kidnapping, stalking, or any crime involving discharge of a firearm.

• The individual was not convicted of any of the above crimes in the past 10 years.

• The offender has not participated in a Veteran’s Court program in the past three years.

• The individual lives in Will County.

• The person has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and/or admits to having a drug or alcohol problem, and is willing to accept treatment.

How Does the Will County Veterans Court Work?

If you are eligible for Veterans Court, your attorney can ask the Court to admit you into the program. Participants must hold a job, follow the prescribed treatment plan, and submit to random drug testing. You will be under close supervision by the Veterans Court for 18 to 24 months.

The Will County Veterans Court program reported great success in its first five years of operation. In fact, 24 out of 26 veterans who entered the program graduated, and not one re-offended during those five years.
Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Veterans

Current and former members of the U.S. armed forces who are facing criminal charges in Will County may be eligible for special treatment in the Veterans Court program. Seek advice from an experienced Will County veterans’ criminal defense lawyer . Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a free consultation about your case.

Illinois Probation Rules: Make Sure You Follow Them

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When it comes to sentencing those who have been found guilty of a criminal act , probation is definitely one of the more favorable outcomes. Probation is an alternative to prison time, where a person is allowed to return home and live their normal life, rather than be confined behind bars. In Illinois, there are a few rules and requirements that those sentenced with probation are required to follow. Violating any of the rules or requirements can result in further consequences, which in some cases means jail time. If you are facing a sentence of probation, you should know what is expected of you during that time.

Forbidden Acts

Most of the limitations that a probation sentence brings are things that you are not permitted to do during your sentence. At the very basic level, if you are on probation, you must not:

• Violate any criminal statute of any jurisdiction;

• Possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon, if your offense was any felony or a misdemeanor that involved the intentional infliction of bodily harm; and

• Leave the state without the consent of the court.

The court can also impose certain restrictions based on the crime you were convicted of. These limitations can explicitly prohibit you from:

• Entering into certain geographic areas;

• Having any contact with certain people;

• Having any amount of any illicit drug in your system;

• Accessing a computer or other device capable of connecting to the internet;

• Using social media; and

• Purchasing or possessing any amount of an illicit drug.

Probation Requirements

In addition to prohibiting you from doing certain things, a judge sentencing you to probation can also require you do certain things. Generally, if you are sentenced to probation, you must:

• Report to or appear in person before a specific person or agency, under the court’s discretion;

• Allow your probation officer to visit you at home or somewhere else, so he or she may do their duties;

• Perform community service work;

• Pay a fine or other costs.

The court can also impose other requirements depending on the crime. If a judge deems it necessary, he or she can require you to:

• Undergo medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment;

• Undergo treatment for drug addiction or alcoholism;

• Submit to periodic examinations of your computer or other internet-connected devices;

• Submit to drug or alcohol testing of your blood, breath or urine;

• Surrender your firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card and any firearms you own;

• Support your dependents (if you have any);

• Pay restitution for the crime; and

• Serve a term of home confinement.

Contact a Knowledgeable Joliet, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer

Though not all crimes allow probation as a sentence, probation is one of the more favorable possible outcomes of a criminal conviction. At the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., we can help you determine whether or not probation is an option with your case. Our tenacious Will County criminal defense attorneys are have the skills and knowledge required to get probation as a sentence whenever and wherever it is possible. If you are facing criminal charges, we can help. Call our office today at 815-740-4025 to set up a free consultation.

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