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Is swatting a crime?

You may have heard about the prank called "swatting." This joke often occurs after a disagreement online, but anyone can do it - from teenagers trying to prank their school officials to experienced callers dialing in false reports against government officials, politicians or social media personalities. It is important for you and other Illinois residents to understand that there are serious consequences to making a fake call to authorities.

The difference between plea bargaining and diversion

You may have heard how some people charged with criminal acts plea down their charges to a lesser offense. It is true that many criminal cases do not even make it to a trial. However, you may not know that plea bargains are not the only avenue open to someone in Illinois charged with a crime. Particularly for first time offenses, courts are open to a process called diversion that can eliminate the need for pleading guilty at all.

What does it mean if I receive a restraining order in Illinois?

If you’ve received a restraining order—known in Illinois as an order of protection—you need to be clear on the terms of this order to avoid facing unnecessary penalties. Today we examine the fundamentals of this type of court order.

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