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Month: January 2017


Illinois Has Changed the Way It Handles Juvenile Crimes
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Illinois Has Changed the Way It Handles Juvenile Crimes

If your child is charged with a crime, it is normal for you to be nervous. After all, many adults are afraid of being charged with a crime – naturally you’re scared for your kid.

 

Juvenile courts and criminal processes are separate from adult court, but your child may still have to go to trial, be interrogated by police, or have a mark on their criminal record while applying for college, jobs, and so on. Plus, since these two … Read More

Past Theft Convictions Can Put You Behind Bars for Decades
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Past Theft Convictions Can Put You Behind Bars for Decades

How much time in prison would you receive from stealing a remote? A few days? Months? No jail time at all?

 

What about 22 years?

 

This is the case for Eric Bramwell, 35, of Illinois. Back in August of 2015, the man stole a universal remote from an apartment building. He left a glove at the scene and DNA evidence traced the theft back to him.

 

Like a shoplifter suffering from kleptomania, Bramwell has a history of … Read More

After Record Year, Two More Murders Open 2017 in Chicago
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After Record Year, Two More Murders Open 2017 in Chicago

Last month, we wrote a blog post about the high number of homicides in Chicago – our city was on track to see the most murders in one year since 1996.

 

In the early afternoon of December 31, the last homicide of the year was committed. A 24-year old was murdered after possibly hitting another man’s Mercedes. His death brought the total up to 762 homicides throughout the city, up from only 480 homicides in 2015.

 

Think the … Read More

Did You Get a DUI for Christmas or New Year’s? You’re Not Alone
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Did You Get a DUI for Christmas or New Year’s? You’re Not Alone

If your holiday season was spoiled by a DUI arrest or charges, know that you are not alone. A drink at a holiday party can often turn into a poor decision behind the wheel – even if it just barely qualifies for “driving under the influence.”

 

Chicago, Illinois, and the country at large sees a lot more DUI charges on Christmas and New Year’s each year because, quite frankly, there are more drunk drivers on the road during the … Read More