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Stolen SUV With Child Inside Crashed In South Shore

The night of September 1st was a scary one for one Chicago four-year-old, reports the Chicago Sun Times. The child was left inside of his mother’s Kia Sportage, which was left running, when it was stolen from outside of a restaurant on South Shore Drive. The suspect, a male who exited the restaurant, reportedly jumped into the running vehicle and…

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Teen Accused of Carjacking, Firearm Charges in Chicago

An eighteen-year-old Chicago resident is facing federal charges of carjacking and firearms offenses, a grand jury decided. The teen was already charged with vehicular hijacking and aggravated kidnapping due to an incident where he used a handgun to threaten and carjack that passengers of a Buick Lucerne on July 28th, but a grand jury decided to indict the teen on…

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Looting and Protests Rock Chicago Over the Weekend

Chicago has never been a haven of peaceful protesting, and the second weekend in August saw more looting, vandalism, violence, and more than 100 arrests in connection with the protests. It is suspected that an officer-involved shooting in Englewood helped to plant the seeds on social media for rumors to abound about this weekend’s outbreak of violence, but many news…

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Chicago Murder Rate Increases 140% Over Last July

A long hot summer has turned deadly in the streets of Chicago, with July’s murder rate jumping almost 140% over this time last year. According to CNN, the deadly month culminated in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy near the North Side, whose death capped the month off with 212 children killed in the city. Almost every one of these…

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Stolen SUV With Child Inside Crashed In South Shore

The night of September 1st was a scary one for one Chicago four-year-old, reports the Chicago Sun Times. The child was left inside of his mother’s Kia Sportage, which was left running, when it was stolen from outside of a restaurant on South Shore Drive. The suspect, a male who exited the restaurant, reportedly jumped into the running vehicle and took off with the boy still in the back seat, before crashing the car just a few blocks away. Thankfully, the child was unharmed, but the suspect still remains at large.

While those who live in Chicago are no strangers to the rash of vehicle theft that runs rampant in this city, it’s commonality does not make it any less dangerous. In situations like the one described above, a child could’ve lost his life due to the irresponsibility of the theft suspect.

Vehicle Theft in Illinois

Vehicle theft is a serious crime, no matter where you are located in the country, but auto theft in Illinois is taken even more seriously than in most states. According to 720 ILCS 5/16-1, a person commits theft when they knowingly engage in:

  • Exerting unauthorized control over another person’s property
  • Obtaining control over another’s property via deception
  • Threatening the owner in order to gain control of his or her property, or
  • Obtaining control over stolen property that you know is stolen or that you have reason to know is stolen.

While most people want to avoid criminal convictions if they can, the severity of a vehicle theft is weighted by how valuable the vehicle is. A vehicle worth less than 10,000 dollars can carry that charge of a Class 3 felony, with the punishment of up to five years in prison.

If the vehicle is especially valuable, like say a sports car or a classic car, the consequences of stealing it could be even more dire, such as a prison sentence between 7-15 years depending upon the vehicle’s value, as well an even more serious Class 2 or 1 felony charge.

How To Deal With Stolen Vehicle Charges

No one steals a vehicle for no reason–it’s likely that even the suspect mentioned in the news story above had his reasons, even if it didn’t turn out successfully for him. If you’ve ever been accused of a criminal charge, you know the damage it can do to your reputation even if you are found to be innocent, and no one should deal with this type of situation lightly. However, hiring a talent criminal defense attorney may help to turn the tides in your favor.

Vadim A. Glozman, Esq., is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Chicago, and he has defended hundreds of clients from corrupt criminal charges, leading to lighter sentences and sometimes even case dismissals.

If you’re worried about a stolen vehicle charge or any other criminal charge coming to haunt you, call our offices today to set up your free introduction with a skilled attorney who can help you.

Teen Accused of Carjacking, Firearm Charges in Chicago

An eighteen-year-old Chicago resident is facing federal charges of carjacking and firearms offenses, a grand jury decided. The teen was already charged with vehicular hijacking and aggravated kidnapping due to an incident where he used a handgun to threaten and carjack that passengers of a Buick Lucerne on July 28th, but a grand jury decided to indict the teen on charges of carjacking and discharging a firearm as well.

Violence in Chicago has been at a high this summer, with July reporting one of the deadliest weekends for homicide deaths in Chicago history, but thankfully this incident led to the arrest of the teen, instead of the investigation flagging and eventually closing. Many other victims in Chicago are not so lucky to have the same type of closure in their cases.

The teen was indicted as part of “Operation Legend”, an initiative between federal law enforcement and local officers, and another 61 people in total have been arrested in the last month due to the work on this initiative, over half of their charges related to firearms.

What is Vehicular Hijacking?

In Illinois, carjacking is referred to under the law as vehicular hijacking, while federally the crime is referred to as carjacking. Both mean the same thing, but will result in different penalties depending on the severity of the crime. Under Illinois Statutes Chapter 720, this hijacking is defined as, “knowingly taking a motor vehicle from the person or the immediate presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force”.

In Illinois, car hijacking is considered to be a Class 1 felony, and those accused of this crime will face from 4 to 15 years in prison. If the crime is considered to be an aggravated vehicular hijacking, it is then considered to be a Class X felony, with from 20-25 years as the prison sentence in these cases.

What to Do If You Are Accused of Criminal Charges

Due to the nature of violent crimes like robbery, car theft, and vehicular hijacking, penalties for these crimes can be very steep and proving your innocence will not be an easy task. However, in order for prosecutors to prove your guilt, they must prove that every aspect of these criminal statutes was met. Doing so can be a difficult task, and that’s where a criminal defense lawyer comes in.

A talented criminal defense attorney is the key to mitigating the consequences of criminal charges. At Chicago Criminal Law Firm, we employ only the most experienced defense attorneys to ensure that you have a team of reliable legal counsel on your side to prove your innocence or get your charges reduced.

Contact us today to set up your free consultation with one of your legal professionals and get started on your case. 

Looting and Protests Rock Chicago Over the Weekend

Chicago has never been a haven of peaceful protesting, and the second weekend in August saw more looting, vandalism, violence, and more than 100 arrests in connection with the protests. It is suspected that an officer-involved shooting in Englewood helped to plant the seeds on social media for rumors to abound about this weekend’s outbreak of violence, but many news stations are still following the situation to understand exactly how the looting began as well as the aftermath of this struggle between police and the citizens of Chicago.

The protests this weekend mark the continuation of a months-long struggle between the public protesting police brutality and the police force that has become their target.

Although Mayor Lightfoot said in a statement that federal officers sent by Trump are not welcome in Chicago, it remains to be seen exactly how this situation will go away on its own. Officials warned that there may not be an “overly simplistic answer” to how exactly the violence began but that enacting more intelligent policy might help to stem more violence from starting.

Being Accused of Violent Crime in Chicago

As of 9am today, more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the vandalism, violence, and looting that happened on Chicago’s West Side this weekend. Many officers reported injuries as well–a total of thirteen officers were injured during the unrest on the Magnificent Mile, including one officer who was hit with a bottle. In addition, one civilian and one private security guard were wounded by gunshots as the police attempted to get the crowd under control.

Those who live in Chicago are no strangers to the amount of violent crime that happens on our streets each and every single day, but since May’s explosion of BLM protests after the death of George Floyd, tensions between the communities of color and the police have led to an uptick in crime and arrests. Common charges in connection to protests can include simple misdemeanors but looters may also find themselves charged with violent crime and weapons charges if there is evidence of violent behavior.

It’s natural to want to defend your community, but when those protests turn violent and even deadly, it may be a smart idea to want to hire a lawyer who has experience defending their client’s rights.

Finding a Lawyer to Assist You in Fighting Criminal Charges

Whether you have been accused of a violent crime, weapons charge, or even of just simple looting, a criminal defense attorney will be on your side the moment that trouble comes to pass. In Illinois, these crimes are taken very seriously, and you may be looking at felony charges and years spent in jail due to this type of crime, where you are truly guilty or not. If you’ve had a run-in with the police, call Vadim A. Glozman to ensure that your rights will be protected.

A talented criminal defense attorney may shave years off of a prison sentence or get charges dropped entirely. If you’re currently dealing with the accusation of a crime, call Chicago Criminal Law Firm to get started with your free and no-obligation case consultation. 

Chicago Murder Rate Increases 140% Over Last July

A long hot summer has turned deadly in the streets of Chicago, with July’s murder rate jumping almost 140% over this time last year. According to CNN, the deadly month culminated in the shooting of a 9-year-old boy near the North Side, whose death capped the month off with 212 children killed in the city.

Almost every one of these deaths can be attributed in some way to gun violence, especially firearms obtained illegally, and police have reported that seizures of illegal firearms are up in 2020 as well.

This year has been a difficult one for many, whether due to COVID-19 or its aftermath. This increase in violence across Chicago can be attributed to a few factors but much of it has to do with the economic strife and cross-country protests against racial violence. With so many people out of work and participating in protests, things are bound to turn violent when too many people hit their boiling points. This July in Chicago is one of the most violent in years, and police are worried that this trend will only continue.

Violent Crime in Chicago

No one will deny that Chicago can be rough, especially if you are not from an affluent or influential family living in a gorgeous suburb. When survival becomes impossible, some people are forced to turn towards violent crime to ensure that they are able to put food on the table for their families. In many situations, deaths due to this type of crime are accidental, but that doesn’t make it any less tragic for the families who lose their loved ones.

In Illinois, the criminal justice system does not look kindly onto those accused of gun crimes and homicide, and even if you are innocent you cannot be sure that the jury will not vote to convict you of a serious charge. While no one should be denied due process, there is a certain pressure by police and other officials to find a scapegoat for violent crimes and this is not acceptable.

Choosing a talented criminal defense attorney will be the best way to protect yourself in this situation. Not everyone has access to the best and brightest minds that Chicago has to offer, but sometimes there is really no price that can be put upon freedom to work, live, and do as you will for the rest of your life.

Find A Criminal Defense Attorney Who is Right for You

Vadim A. Glozman has helped hundreds of clients to fight against unjust charges and has helped many of them to retain their freedom by getting charges reduced or even dropped.

If you are currently a suspect in a criminal investigation, it is imperative that you get in touch with Chicago Criminal Defense immediately to protect your freedom. Contact the law offices of Vadim A. Glozman, Esquire today to start your free case consultation.

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