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Assault is a criminal offense, set out by Illinois law 720 ILCS 5/12-1. When most people think of assault, they think of a physical attack on another person. However, many people do not realize that you may be charged with assault even if you never actually touch another person.
The law defines the crime of assault as engaging in conduct that puts another person in “reasonable apprehension” of unwanted contact or harm. Therefore, if you take any action that places someone else in fear, you may face serious criminal charges and penalties.
Simply telling someone you plan to hurt them is not assault, because verbal threats alone are not enough. However, if a verbal threat is accompanied by some type of physical motion, you may face assault charges. Additionally, if you make a physically threatening motion toward someone and they do not see it, it does not constitute assault. For example, if a person is walking away and you make a threatening gesture toward their back, they would not have been put in fear of harm, so no assault would have occurred.
A few examples of assault include the following:
        Coming at someone with your fists up;
        Swinging a bat toward another person; or
        Throwing an object in another person’s direction.
Simple assault is charged as a Class C misdemeanor, which means you could face up to 30 days in jail, up to a $500 fine, probation, and mandatory community service for 30-120 hours.
Aggravated Assault
The crime of assault becomes significantly more serious when it is elevated to aggravated assault. Illinois law defines aggravated assault as an assault when any of the following circumstances exist:
        The assault occurs on a public street, a sports venue, a place of accommodation or amusement, or on other public property;
        The assault occurs against one of the following types of victims: a person over the age of 60; a physically handicapped person; a teacher or other employee of a school on school property; a park employee on park property; any peace officer, fireman, or emergency medical technician while on duty; a probation or correctional officer while on duty; an employee or politician for the state of Illinois; an Illinois transit employee; a working sports coach or official; or a process server while trying to serve papers;
        The assault involves a firearm or discharge of a firearm;
        The assault involves driving a motor vehicle in a manner that puts another person in fear of being struck by the vehicle;
        The suspect uses a mask, hood, or robe to hide his identity during the assault; or
        The suspect made an audio or video recording of the assault with intention of circulating the recording.
Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, aggravated assault may be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, a Class 4 felony, or a Class 3 felony. This means you could have a serious felony conviction on your record and face substantial time behind bars.
If you have been charged with any type of assault offense in Illinois, you should contact experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney Steven Goldman at Goldman & Associates for help as soon as possible.
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Illinois Concealed Weapons

Not until the year 2012, the law in Illinois forbid any citizen to carry a gun or any firearm either openly or concealed, outside his or her home. This law was struck down by a federal appellate, because it found out that the law violated the second Amendment in the case of Moore v. Madigan and the state was given 180 days to amend the this law. Illinois passed another law in 2013, which allows people to carry concealed weapons with a permit outside their homes.
Before a concealed weapon license can be obtained, the applicant must have obtained a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, or must qualify to be given one and should be in the process of applying for the card. Furthermore, the applicant must give in to a background check, and must have never been convicted of any criminal act, and/or an offence involving violence within the past five years of application. The people who are not permitted to obtain a license or even possess a gun in Illinois are:
• not citizens of U.S. or legal residents
• less than 18 years of age
• less than 21 years of age and has no parental consent or parent who is qualified for obtaining a FOID card
• unqualified to own a firearm under the U.S. federal law
• convicted felon
• mentally defective
• mentally impaired or intellectually disabled
• minors that was convicted of certain crimes that would be counted as felony, if it was committed by an adult, or have been adjudged felonious
• addicted to certain controlled substances
It is a Class A offence for someone to own a weapon without having a FOID card, when the person is otherwise qualified to get a FOID card. Any violator will either be fined up to $2500 or jailed for up to one year, and can be both. A second violation or subsequent one is a Class 4 felony, which will attract at least one year (and up to three years) jail term, or a fine up to $25000 and can be both.
It is a Class 3 offence for someone to own a weapon without having a FOID card, when the person is not otherwise qualified to get a FOID card. Any violator will either be fined up to $25000 or jailed for at least two years (and up to five years) and can be both. A third violation or subsequent one is a Class 1 felony, which will attract at least six year (up to thirty years) jail term or a fine up to $25000, and can be both.
It is a serious offence for anyone to violate the firearm carry laws, and most times the fines are high and the jail sentences are long. It is appropriate to seek the help of lawyers in knowing more about carrying a gun in Chicago or Illinois. Goldman & Associates can help you if you are facing charges for violating a gun carry law.

http://chicago-criminalattorney.net/illinois-concealed-weapons/
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Our legal team works hard to effectively represent individuals facing a criminal charge. To get an idea of the type of results we have achieved for our clients, read here:

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Breathalyzer tests are commonly used by police officers to determine the blood alcohol content of suspected intoxicated drivers. Under Illinois’ implied consent law, one can still refuse a breathalyzer test if the officer does not have a warrant, but refusal may be punishable by penalties such as license suspension and fines for license reinstatement. If you have questions about this, or other law-related issues, please contact our office today at (773) 484-3131.
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Many defendants wonder if they will have to provide testimony in court. While some cases allow you to “plead the 5th” and refuse to testify against yourself, others may not depending on the details of your particular case. Ultimately, speaking with an experienced defense attorney is the best way to decide what will be necessary to prove your innocence. For help handling your criminal defense case, call our office today at (773) 484-3131.
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In 2013, there were 87 exonerations in the United States, which is the highest it has been since the late 1980's. This is an increase from the 79 exonerations that were recorded in 2012. Learn more here:

http://www.stevengoldmanlawfirm.com/2014/02/09/u-s-lists-87-exonerations-in-2013-up-from-2012s-79/
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Recent case: Representing a semi-truck driver who is facing multiple #felony charges in relation to a recent accident that caused the death of a tollway employee.

Read more: http://www.stevengoldmanlawfirm.com/2014/01/29/attorney-steven-goldman-to-represent-truck-driver-charged-with-killing-tollway-worker/

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A common question asked is, "Will my second DWI result in worse penalties if I'm convicted?" To learn the answer, read here:

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Criminal Justice Attorney, Trial AttorneyToday 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
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An experienced Chicago-based Criminal Defense Attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights is crucial if you have been charged with any type of crime - big or small. The sad reality is that many individuals are often erroneously convicted of crimes that were not committed. Thus it is imperative to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer who will take immediate action to fight for your defense.  The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Goldman & Associates strongly believe your freedom should never be gambled with. Call us today at (773) 484-3131 for your consultation.
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Mitch Katz
2 months ago
AWESOME! That is the only way to describe Mr. Goldman and his office. This guy can get anything done in court. My friend referred me to his office. I was charged with felony that could not be on my record! When I first met with him, he told me exactly what he expected the outcome to be. Guess what...It happened just like he said it would. Nothing on my record. NOTHING!! Call this guy if you are ever arrested.
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Adriana Adams
3 months ago
I hired Mr. Goldman on a criminal case. He went to trial and destroyed the witness! He beat the 2 charges I had. Not cheap, but well worth it.
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Kristi de freitas
a year ago
There is something about Goldman & Associates that just sets them apart from all other law firms in Chicago! My husband and I had a recent issue and Goldman & Associates really took us personally, and appealed to us as individuals and not just another client at the firm. And this goes a long way! Mr. Goldman is extremely professional, knowledgeable, educated, and knew exactly what to do in our situation, and to make it as smooth and pain-free as possible, and he did exactly that! My husband and I are extremely satisfied with the positive work from Goldman & Associates and will always be going back here if we need something. I highly recommend them for any of your law needs. They will deliver and make the procedure run as smooth, painless, and stress-free as possible!
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Raquel Betancourt
a year ago
I don't know what my sister would have done without Mr. Goldman's help. I was worried about everything at first. After meeting with him, he made everything easy to understand to us and help get rid of the stress and anxiety that comes along with legal matters. He earned our trust and loyalty. We wouldn't ever consider going to anyone else, if we ever needed help again!
Robert Jackson
2 months ago
I was arrested for charges I did not commit. Everyone says that, but I REALLY did not commit the crime!! I was falsely accused by an ex-girlfriend doing stuff I won't discuss. I called the attorney at 2:00 AM and they actually answered. I was planning on leaving a message but I actually spoke with Steven Goldman. I hired him a few days later and he went to court with me in Chicago about 4 times until the trial date. He was awesome. The judge actually told my Ex that he did not believe a word she was saying and threw the charges out. I will tell everyone to use Mr. Goldman. Thanks!
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Kate Bubeica
3 months ago
After getting the charge of DUI I called here and Goldman was very expert to solve this issue. Even he prevented my drivers license from being suspended. I found him very friendly and professional.
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Jessikah Smith
a year ago
I am a college student, so I already have a hefty amount of expenses to attend to, and to throw unpaid parking tickets on top of that was just driving my finances into the hole! They were trying to take me to court and charge me thousands of dollars over these parking tickets so I needed to find a lawyer, but they needed to be within my budget because of my low finance situation. Luckily after much research, I found Goldman and Associates! Staying within my budget and working with my financial situation, Steven Goldman was able to help me convince the judge that I could not afford to pay off these tickets, and the amount that I needed to pay was greatly reduced! I highly suggest going to Goldman and Associates, as they have their client's best interest at heart!
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Dre C.
a year ago
When it comes to attorney offices, trust and a sense of respect are both important. Goldman & Associates provides both within a reasonable and professional environment. The process is seamless from initial contact through to the completion of an individual case. They have a well-respected reputation amongst Chicagoans and residents throughout the state of Illinois in need of representation.