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Month: September 2014


Juveniles Charged with Sex Crimes Still Must Register as Sex Offenders
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Juveniles Charged with Sex Crimes Still Must Register as Sex Offenders

Because children lack the same life experience as adults and because their brains have not yet fully developed, they are typically treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system. While juveniles can be tried as adults depending on the nature of their criminal charge, courts generally take a defendant’s age into account when determining penalties. However, the state of Illinois takes a hard line when it comes to juveniles who have allegedly committed sex offenses, and any minor charged … Read More

Illinois Anti-Stalking Law Casts a Wide Net
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Illinois Anti-Stalking Law Casts a Wide Net

Stalking is a crime that many people think they understand based on TV and movie representations. To many people, a stalker is a mentally unhinged person who obsessively follows another person and causes their victim to fear for their safety. In Illinois, though, the definition of criminal stalking is much broader than that and encompasses a number of subjective behaviors and activities, making the crime much more common than you might think.

 

In some cases, the people charged with … Read More

How is Burglary Defined in Illinois?
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How is Burglary Defined in Illinois?

We all have a sense of what the crime of burglary entails—based on representations in TV, movies, and the news, most of us think of burglary as occurring when a masked criminal breaks into a stranger’s home in the middle of the night. However, the actual definition of burglary in the state of Illinois encompasses a lot more than just this scenario, and some people might actually be surprised to learn that their actions have warranted a burglary charge. Here … Read More

Medical Marijuana Proponents in Chicago Still Need to Take Care
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Medical Marijuana Proponents in Chicago Still Need to Take Care

Recent changes in Illinois law to allow people to buy, sell, and grow medical marijuana have proponents excited for the future. But even though the state has relaxed many of its laws related to marijuana, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it is completely legal now. There are still a number of restrictions in place, and you have to be careful if you don’t want to run afoul of the law and face serious consequences. One of the most … Read More

Prison May Actually Make the Domestic Violence Problem Worse
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Prison May Actually Make the Domestic Violence Problem Worse

If you were to poll a random sampling of people about the purpose of prison, you’d probably get a wide range of responses, but one common answer you might hear is “rehabilitation.” In theory, someone serving a prison sentence is “paying their debt to society” and, if released, will get the opportunity to start over again on a law-abiding path. At the very least, it certainly sounds nice.

 

In reality, though, prison does little to rehabilitate offenders and actually … Read More