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Charged with murder or homicide in Chicago? This is a plain-English guide to using Illinois self-defense law to beat murder charges as well as some other types of homicide. The information comes from me, Chris Shepherd, a Chicago murder and homicide lawyer since 2005.

Note: if you are looking for a general overview of murder and homicide charges, including types, penalty, settlement options and other ways to beat these charges, read my guide on murder and homicide.

Self-Defense is a Powerful Way to Beat Murder and Homicide Charges

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Chicago aggravated battery attorneyIf you have been charged with aggravated battery in Chicago, or anywhere in Cook County, you are in the right place. Here you will find the information necessary to make an intelligent and informed decision. It comes from me, Chris Shepherd, a Chicago aggravated battery attorney since 2005.

What is the Difference Between Simple Battery and Aggravated Battery in Illinois?

Aggravated battery is simply a regular battery that has some additional “aggravating” factor. While there are many types of aggravated battery, they usually involve:

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Illinois Commercial Driver's License Lawyer in ChicagoThis guide is for Illinois CDL drivers who have been ticketed or involved in a car accident and want to avoid a license suspension. The strategies apply even if you’ve received a ticket for “serious traffic violations” or “major offenses”. My name is Chris M. Shepherd, the information in this article comes from my experience as a traffic court lawyer assisting CDL drivers in Chicago and Cook County, although the information generally applies throughout Illinois.

You know the stakes: whether you’re a CDL driver who works for someone else, or you’ve worked your way up to an owner-operator, your livelihood depends on keeping your license clear. The harsh reality in Illinois is that pleading guilty to any number of traffic violations can result in your CDL being suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State.

So, don’t blindly check the box marked “plead guilty” on the back of the ticket, or show up to court and plead guilty orally, until you at least read this article and have a conversation about your options.
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