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Archives for: January 22nd, 2014

Wiretapping, Now a Potent Tool against White-Collar Crimes

1968 was the year when the federal government was first allowed to use wiretapping to record telephone conversations of alleged offenders believed to be involved in drug trafficking and other narco-related crimes. Although there always were mixed opinions about the technique – given the fine line between investigators’ needs and the individual’s privacy rights – wiretapping has started being used extensively in the last two decades.

 

According to a Forbes article, “the amount of court-issued warrants surging from 1,190 [...]

Can Your Brain Make You Steal?

What would you think if you heard someone who had stolen a car say, “It’s not my fault—my brain made me do it.” While it might sound absurd when phrased that way, that essential argument is one that is being used in more and more criminal defense cases across the country.

 

We’ve all heard of the insanity plea before—a defendant claims that they are not culpable for the crime they committed because they were legally insane at the time [...]

Criminal Sexual Abuse on the Rise in Chicago

Sex crimes involving women and children have dominated Chicago headlines in 2013. From the track and triathlon trainer accused of sexually molesting a 16-year-old boy over a two-year period to the 81-year-old dentist charged with fondling a young girl in his office, Chicago newspapers abound in shocking examples such as the ones above.

 

According to statistics, the population of registered sex offenders has significantly increased in recent years, and the numbers just keep growing. A 2012 report by National [...]

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Men Aren’t Always the Aggressors in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence cases are increasing nationwide and are being highlighted in the media as a major problem in society today. In turn, domestic violence has received broader attention from lawmakers — and rightfully so.

There is a hidden epidemic, though: men can also be domestic violence victims.

In fact, the subject of domestic violence against men is recognized so little that many male victims of domestic violence don’t even recognize they are being abused.

Because of these societal norms, in [...]

Ways to Defend against an Illinois Shoplifting Charge

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Shoplifting is common; so much so that many people see it as being no big deal. However, shoplifting is in fact a criminal offense taken very seriously by retailers and the state of Illinois.

Were you aware that shoplifting as little as $300 in merchandise is an automatic felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison? That’s an easy sum to reach these days — a couple of shirts and a nice bag, really.

Additionally, regardless of the value of items [...]

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