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Month: September 2015


Celebrity Cases Don’t Reflect Domestic Violence Laws’ Reality
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Celebrity Cases Don’t Reflect Domestic Violence Laws’ Reality

It’s an unfortunate truth in America—both celebrities and the very rich often get away with crimes the average person would be locked away for.

 

The Huffington Post recently sought to answer the question “Why Do Famous Men Keep Getting Away With Violence Against Women?” The piece rode the wake of the recent release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, which focused on the rise of rap group N.W.A.

 

Though the film was a box office success, it also … Read More

Sexting between Minors is a Crime
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Sexting between Minors is a Crime

Many parents are fearful of teens and technology, and unfortunately sometimes these fears aren’t unfounded.

 

Teen sexting—a term used to describe sharing naked or explicit photos over mobile devices—is potentially harmful to the development of teens.Click To Tweet

 

It is also a criminal offense—even when done between two minors.

 

As sexting is a relatively recent phenomenon, state governments have been unsure how to properly deal with the rise in teens sharing explicit photos.  In some states, underage … Read More

What Constitutes Criminal Trespass in Illinois?
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What Constitutes Criminal Trespass in Illinois?

Many people think of trespassing as teenagers climbing fences with “No Trespassing” signs in the dead of night. They’re victimless crimes that are more about exploring and pushing boundaries than doing anything truly wrong – right?

 

Unfortunately, while trespass crimes may seem like relatively minor offenses, those convicted of criminal trespassing face serious charges. You might also be surprised by the wide array of activities that are considered criminal trespassing under Illinois law.

 

What Is Trespassing?

 

Trespassing … Read More

Do I Need an Attorney to Expunge or Seal My Criminal Record?
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Do I Need an Attorney to Expunge or Seal My Criminal Record?

For many past offenders who are looking to turn their life around, expunging or sealing their record is an important step towards moving past old mistakes. Through doing so, most people hope to apply confidently for higher paying jobs, colleges, housing, and federal resources. A black mark on your permanent record can close many doors. The hope is that through the process of expungement or sealing, those doors will be opened again.

 

The unfortunate truth is that many parties … Read More

Drive Sober Campaign in Effect in Chicago until Labor Day
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Drive Sober Campaign in Effect in Chicago until Labor Day

 

This Labor Day season, Chicago cops are hosting a different sort of end-of-summer event—a widespread crackdown on DUI offenders. The department is partnering with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association and Illinois Department of Transportation for their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. It began on August 23 and continues through Labor Day on September 7, so currently we’re right in the middle of it.

 

How does it work?

 

Along with roughly 10,000 police departments … Read More