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Firearm use in self-defense

People carry weapons to defend themselves every day, some of them doing it legally and others doing it illegally. When a firearm is involved in self-defense, however, it makes the consequences potentially much more serious, both legally and personally. There are a number of different factors that you must take into consideration before ever trying to defend yourself with a firearm.

Don't just ask the age, ask for the ID

So many good men find themselves facing statutory rape charges because they believed their accuser. With social media pioneering the frontier of anonymous dating, getting to know the facts about someone before a sexual encounter is no longer the norm. And, for most twenty-something's, sexual encounters are casual and often.

What are the penalties for solicitation?

As most people in Illinois know, being accused of a sex crime can have extremely serious repercussions. Aside from the fact that it can affect how people around you react to you after learning about these allegations, if you are convicted you could face serious fines and even a prison sentence, not to mention being required to sign the sex offender register.

You could be charged with possession of drugs you were unaware of

In Illinois, many people have had a run in with the law at one time or another, even if they have never done anything illegal. Unfortunately, to get to the bottom of crimes, officers often need to investigate a large number of innocent people. After all, it is no easy matter to find out the truth behind an offense and it can often be a long and drawn-out process. This is especially the case with drug crimes as, even if controlled substances are found in someone's home or car, it is not always an indicator that they knew the drugs were there.

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