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Wheaton criminal defense lawyer, check fraudIf you bounce a check, it may result in more than just an issue with your bank and the retailer you tried to pay. You may find yourself under arrest and charged with a crime. Even though fewer and fewer people use paper checks, people are charged with different crimes relating to writing bad checks every year.

When is Writing a Bad Check More Than Just a Civil Issue?

When a merchant receives notice that your check bounced, he or she may decide to report you to law enforcement. Writing a check when there are not sufficient funds in your account for the check to clear may fall under the Illinois category of crimes known as deceptive practices.

The law presumes that you knew your check would bounce if there was not sufficient funds in your account when you wrote or delivered the check. You will have the chance to rebut this presumption with your own evidence.

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Wheaton criminal defense lawyer, retail theft, shopliftingMost people would consider shoplifting to be a minor crime, but even small time theft like shoplifting can have serious consequences. Shoplifting and other types of retail theft involves more than just taking something without paying for it.

Different Types of Retail Theft

Illinois does not have a statute titled shoplifting. Instead, shoplifting is classified under the retail theft provisions of the law. The statute makes it illegal to take or obtain merchandise from a retail establishment with the full retail value of the merchandise.

This means that retail theft is more than just taking something and leaving the store without paying for it. Actions such as price switching, exchanging merchandise that was stolen, or trying to confuse a cashier and get the wrong change back are additional forms of retail theft.

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Wheaton criminal defense lawyer, Illinois firearms crimesIllinois has some of the strictest firearms regulations in the country. Up until a key court ruling a few years ago, Illinois was the only state not to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon under any circumstances. Even though Illinois now has a concealed weapons law, there are still many ways to violate the state’s firearms laws.

How to Legally Possess a Gun 

Illinois requires anyone wanting to possess a gun to first obtain a Firearms Owner Identification Document (FOID). To get a FOID you have to submit to a background check and complete an application. The background check includes both a mental health check and a criminal background check.

Legal Consequences for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 

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