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Month: May 2016


Illinois Has One of the Lowest Felony Theft Thresholds in the U.S.
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Illinois Has One of the Lowest Felony Theft Thresholds in the U.S.

If you are convicted of theft of over $300 in our state, you will be convicted of a Class 4 felony.

 

That’s right – $300 is all it takes. And a Class 4 felony isn’t anything to sneeze at, either. Penalties can include one to three years in prison.

 

And if you are incarcerated (Class 4 felons in Illinois spend, on average, 7 months in prison), you will arrive to an overcrowded prison, where around 40% of your … Read More

Public Outing of DUI Defendants Latest Shameful Tactic
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Public Outing of DUI Defendants Latest Shameful Tactic

Driving under the influence is dangerous to drivers, passengers, and other vehicles on the road. This is irrefutable.

 

In an effort to keep their roads safe, states use different strategies and tactics to prevent DUI fatalities. While a driver may be charged with a DUI, however, it does not necessarily mean they are guilty of a crime – they have to be convicted first. “Innocent until proven guilty” is a cornerstone of our judicial process.

 

Illinois’s latest tactic … Read More

How Drug Court is Breaking the Crime Cycle in Illinois County
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How Drug Court is Breaking the Crime Cycle in Illinois County

Drug abuse is an epidemic here in Illinois and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, those who abuse drugs are often thrown in jail for crimes instead of being put into some kind of rehabilitation program.

 

For this reason, our jails are overcrowded with drug crime offenders, most of whom are there for nonviolent crimes. Then, once these offenders have been released, they’re likely to get caught committing the same crimes and sent back to jail because they haven’t really … Read More

The Perils of Quicker Domestic Violence Convictions
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The Perils of Quicker Domestic Violence Convictions

In January, a Rantoul man was found guilty of hitting a woman and stopping her from leaving her home. Only two months later, he went to county jail to serve three years behind bars – the absolute maximum sentence for domestic battery.

 

If that timeframe seems fast, you’re not wrong.

 

The State’s Attorney’s office has put a new initiative in place designed to bring offenders to justice “faster than ever before.” According to Assistant State’s Attorney Claire Sharples … Read More