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Archives for: June 28th, 2016

Drug Convictions Can Get You Deported

Over 300 arrests were made earlier this month after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations concluded a month-long investigation in the Midwest of convicted illegal aliens. Offenders have been arrested in Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Kansas, and Indiana, but the state of Illinois holds more offenders than any other state involved.

 

In our state alone, 107 people were arrested for violent and drug-related crimes. 47 of the offenders resided in the Chicago area. The offenders [...]

Defense Strategies against Domestic Violence Charges

A spotlight on domestic violence in Illinois may lead judges to enact harsh sentences for any violent offenders in the upcoming months.

 

Conversations about domestic violence charges were sparked recently after Kendrick Nunn, a guard for the Illini basketball team, pleaded guilty to hitting a woman in the head and shoving her to the ground. He was charged a few weeks ago with misdemeanor battery. Worse, he is the fourth member of the Illini basketball team to be arrested [...]

15 Non-Compliant Sex Offender Registrants Issued Arrest Warrants

Fifteen arrest warrants were issued last week for non-compliant sex offenders in Lake County.

 

The sex offenders, who reside in the suburbs of northern Illinois, have failed to follow the rules for registering with the police. In many cases, the offenders are wanted to failure to appear because they did not physically show up to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for their required registry date. In other cases, the sex offenders are wanted for escape.

 

Local news sources [...]

Who Shoplifts? How Does This Help My Defense Strategy?

Do you remember being a teenager, shopping in a department store with your friends and being followed around by employees? Maybe you were accused of stealing or asked to leave.

 

This interaction is not uncommon, and has negative consequences for both customers and the store. Customers who are stereotyped as shoplifters are often discouraged from shopping at the store again – it’s not fun to be labeled as a criminal because of your age or appearance.

 

Moreover, the [...]

What Happens If You are Convicted of a Felony in Illinois

 

A felony conviction is a serious matter everywhere in the United States, but in Illinois our lawmakers take felonies particularly seriously. Classified as Class X, 1, 2, 3, or 4 offenses, felonies here are punishable by state prison sentences that can last decades, fines up to $25,000, and restitution that has to be paid to victims.

 

And the penalties don’t stop after you have served your time and are allowed back into the real world. A felony conviction [...]

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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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