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Archives for: April 28th, 2015

Important Changes to How Chicago Prosecutes Minor Drug Offenses

 

Although Chicago jails are packed with offenders of low-level drug crimes, the drug crime rate in the city continues to trump national averages. Every month, hundreds of marijuana arrests are made in Cook County alone.

 

As Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez explained to reporters from the Chicago Tribune, “what we are currently doing here in Cook County in handling our low-level drug cases is simply not working”.

 

In an effort to find a more productive approach [...]

Why It’s Important to Fight Against False Domestic Violence Allegations

Though the domestic violence laws in Illinois are meant to protect families, abuse of domestic violence laws can harm the very families they were designed to keep safe. False domestic violence allegations can be harmful to the accused, their families, and the Illinois criminal justice system in general.

 

Regrettably, false domestic violence allegations are not uncommon both state- and nationwide.

 

 

Illinois law defines domestic violence as any act of physical abuse, harassment, or intimidation of another member [...]

When Can A Police Officer Enter Your Home?

 

In any major U.S. city, a determined police officer can be an intimidating sight. If a cop shows up at your door, it’s only natural to feel like you have to let him or her inside—after all, it’s a police officer. Maybe they make you feel safe, or maybe they just shock you into agreeing. Whatever your initial reaction, there is one critical thing that you must remember if a police officer shows up at your door: your constitutional [...]

What are the Most Common Criminal Charges in Chicago?

 

While internationally renowned for its influential comedy scene, groundbreaking food and drink venues, and diverse neighborhoods, Chicago is also known for its high crime rates. In response to the prevalence of gang violence, sex trafficking, and drug use throughout the city, local police and public officials have invested millions of dollars hunting down and incarcerating criminals.

 

 

According to FBI statistics, there are certain types of criminal arrests and charges that have been more common than others in [...]

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Sex Trafficking Laws in Illinois: What You Should Know

Sex Trafficking | Sex Crimes

Sex trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and Illinois has some of the highest sex trafficking rates in the country. Accordingly, sex trafficking is a major priority for law enforcement, and sex trafficking charges are increasing.

In fact, the enhanced efforts to eliminate sex trafficking may even lead to overzealous policing, and result in innocent people being charged.

Those working in positions — legal and otherwise — that could possibly be affected by Illinois state sex trafficking laws would do [...]

Common Probation Conditions You Must Follow in Illinois

Probation Violations

Although it is certainly far more preferable to time spent behind bars, you are still very much under the supervision of the criminal justice system if you’re placed on probation.

Judges will often commute a prison sentence to probation for low-level and/or first-time offenders. If you’re on probation, your prison sentence is suspended and you’re allowed to remain in the Chicago community — so long as you meet certain conditions.

A probation program lays out strict terms that you’re legally [...]

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