Department of Corrections

Understanding the Risks of Retail Theft in Illinois

February 23, 2016
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“It was only a shirt.” “No one was looking.” “I think it’s just a misdemeanor anyway.” If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, it is important to take a step back and understand the significant disruption a retail theft conviction could have on your life. Theft crimes throughout the country are on the rise […]

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Department of Corrections reinstates early release program

May 10, 2013
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There was a time in Illinois when inmates could get released from state prison in only days. It was the era of “dress-in-dress-out.” Those days are long gone, but the state penitentiary has re-instituted another form of early release. The new early release program has caused confusion in courtrooms throughout the state. To understand it, […]

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Truth-in-sentencing: defendants must serve more than 50% of the sentence imposed

March 20, 2013
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Defendants in felony cases are subject to special rules in sentencing. Compared to misdemeanor sentencing, felonies are complicated. The court is governed by obscure rules that can sometimes produce unexpected results. And the last thing a defense attorney wants in court is to advise a client on a sentence and have something unexpected come up. […]

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Illinois law on felony probation sentences, generally

May 20, 2011
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The principal rule in regards to felony sentencing in Illinois courts is that the judge is not allowed to sentence the defendant to a conviction only. Rather, the law requires that the judge must sentence the defendant to a conviction combined with some other terms. Usually in felony cases, the judge has discretion to sentence […]

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Summary of felony prison sentences

April 9, 2011
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Illinois law provides that a felony is any offense for which the penalty is one year of imprisonment or more. A misdemeanor, by comparison, is punishable by less than one year imprisonment. Among the various felony offenses, the law distinguishes them in the following way: Class X felony: Mandatory sentence of 6-30 years in the […]

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What is criminal sexual abuse in Illinois?

April 18, 2010
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Sex between two consenting persons who are under 17 years of age is very serious criminal offense under Illinois law. It does not matter whether the two persons have engaged in sexual intercourse willingly. It does not matter that the two persons are in a relationship together. Sex between two minors is criminal sexual abuse. […]

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