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Month: May 2015


Possible Punishments for Violating Probation
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Possible Punishments for Violating Probation

In Chicago, the punishments you face for violating the terms of your probation are often much worse than probation itself.

 

Probation is a frequently used sentencing option in Illinois, where a judge orders a defendant who has been found guilty of a crime to follow a set of strict rules for a period of time. Generally, probation requires offenders to act lawfully and responsibly, and comply with a variety of rehabilitation and counseling components. Common probationary terms may include … Read More

Common Defenses against Disorderly Conduct Charges
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Common Defenses against Disorderly Conduct Charges

It was a quiet Friday night in Edgewater, the whoosh of the occasional passing car mingling with the murmur of the NBA playoffs on TVs within apartment buildings. But the calm was punctuated suddenly when the whistle of a police siren sounded near the 6300 block of North Lakewood.

 

At least, that’s what happened according to a report from the Chicago Sun Times.

A Roger Park District police car signalled for another vehicle to stop, and both drivers pulled … Read More

What Does Multiple-Burglary Suspect’s Arrest Mean for You?
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What Does Multiple-Burglary Suspect’s Arrest Mean for You?

 

In response to a recent string of burglaries, law enforcement officers across Chicago and surrounding areas are heightening efforts against burglary-related crimes.

 

Officers in the northwest suburban community of Wood Dale had been investigating a series of residential break-ins, and took two suspects into custody.

 

Most recently, law enforcement officials were able to arrest a third suspect—25-year-old Adam Blair—but only with the help of a SWAT team. Police officials assured reporters from the Chicago Sun Times that … Read More

Push to Prioritize Prosecution of Sex Crimes in Chicago
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Push to Prioritize Prosecution of Sex Crimes in Chicago

Chicago law enforcement has been fighting against sex crimes for the last two decades, prioritizing investigations, arresting offenders, and doling out tough penalties.

 

However, over the last few years, it appears Chicago’s fight against sex crimes may have hit a wall. According to a report from CBS Chicago, “while the number of reported criminal sexual assaults in Chicago has come in at less than 1,600 from 2006 to 2014… progress has leveled out. Sharp drops in the 1990s have … Read More