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Archives for: October 16th, 2013

An Overview of Criminal Law and Defense in America

Criminal law is a complicated thing. While necessary for maintaining a safe society and designed to protect the rights of the citizens, the criminal justice system can seem intimidating and cruel, with draconian penalties and severe social consequences. Here we take a look at the criminal law in America and how to stay protected when facing conviction.

 

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Chicago Taxis Charging Drunk Passengers a Fine to Vomit

In July 2012, the state of Illinois passed a law allowing taxi drivers to charge a $50 clean-up fee to passengers who vomit in their cabs. The law was part of a larger push for higher rates from taxi drivers, including a 22% rate increase, a $1.50 credit card service charge, and a $50 fraudulent credit card charge. George Kasp, a spokesman for the lobbying drivers, said that the increased rates were needed just so taxi drivers could make a [...]

Saved by Science? Questioning Mandatory Life without Parole for Juveniles

Recently, scientists have discovered that the brain does not fully mature until the early 20s, and the last to mature are the areas responsible for controlling impulses and considering the consequences of one’s actions. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that the process of brain development is gradual and based on an individual rate of development, making an official age separating juveniles from adults arbitrary, at best.

 

Multiple studies of the human brain show that the cerebral cortex, which [...]

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Domestic Violence Charges in Illinois: Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

If you’ve been hit with a domestic violence charge, there are probably many important questions running through your mind…and for good reason.

These charges not only have serious criminal and civil implications but can also permanently damage your reputation.

We’ve put together a guide covering the questions we’re frequently asked regarding domestic violence charges, and what you can do to protect your rights during this trying time.

What Is Domestic Battery According to Illinois Law?

A: Battery is physical harm [...]

Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

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