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Month: March 2015


Permanent Residents Can Be Deported if Convicted of Crimes
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Permanent Residents Can Be Deported if Convicted of Crimes

For many people who have immigrated to the United States, permanent residency is a big step toward the path to citizenship. Once an individual has been classified a legal permanent resident, he or she has officially been granted authorization to live and work in the United States indefinitely. This generally means that he or she no longer has to fear deportation, because the individual is officially and securely recognized as belonging in the United States.

That is, of course, unless … Read More

What to Do if a Cop Stops You on the Street
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What to Do if a Cop Stops You on the Street

 

Picture this: it’s late at night, and you’re walking down Division Street in Humboldt Park. You pop into an alleyway to toss a bottle of soda into a dumpster. When you reemerge, a police officer approaches you and asks what you were doing. What do you do?

 

In Chicago, it’s not uncommon for a police officer to stop a person if there has been a recent crime in the area and officer feels the person is acting in … Read More

Chicago Anti-Domestic Violence Program Increases Arrests
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Chicago Anti-Domestic Violence Program Increases Arrests

A new program in Chicago is helping city officials crack down on domestic violence crimes.Click To Tweet

 

The program is revolutionary in the way it involves different authorities—from police officers to women’s shelter employees—and emphasizes quick justice and fast turnarounds. But while this new program is intended to protect victims of domestic violence, it could simultaneously have a reverse effect on the men and women who have been accused of these crimes.

 

What is the Program?

 

As … Read More

Don’t Get Charged with Tax Evasion this Season
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Don’t Get Charged with Tax Evasion this Season

 

With the April 15th deadline right around the corner, it’s a good idea to begin the process of filing your federal and state taxes if you haven’t already done so. Happily, there are numerous tax return preparation firms, programs, and websites available to help you through this oftentimes stressful and confusing process.

 

However, it’s important to remember that you bear the responsibility for the accuracy of all entries made on your tax return, whether the return is prepared … Read More

The Problem with Court-Appointed Attorneys
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The Problem with Court-Appointed Attorneys

One of the greatest provisions of the US justice system is the right a fair trial. Under US law, you are entitled to a fair trial regardless of the crime you were accused of or your inability to afford legal representation. That means that if you find yourself accused of a criminal offense and are unable to afford a lawyer, the court may appoint one for you.

 

In theory, the practice of appointing lawyers to those who lack the … Read More