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Archives for: October 23rd, 2017

What the Rise in Illinois Domestic Violence Homicides Could Mean

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

 

During this month, there is a call “on all Americans to promote the safety and liberty of the women, men, and children who are subjected to violent, intimidating, or controlling behavior at the hands of those closest to them.”

 

While domestic violence is taken seriously in our state and throughout the country, Illinois is currently experiencing a rise in domestic violence homicides, which could be related to state budget cuts.

 

Let’s [...]

Do You Qualify for a Cook County Felony Diversion Program?

Facing a Cook County felony charge? You may be eligible for several different rehabilitation programs that spare you the consequences associated with these types of charges.

Below, we’re going to go into detail on two different programs that may be available to you. See if either of them apply to your situation. If you’re still unsure after reading or you simply want to learn more, feel free to reach out to our office.

 

Deferred Prosecution Program

 

In 2011, [...]

Should You Take a Plea Bargain for Your Illinois Drug Charge?

When someone is charged with a crime on television or in movies, the defendant typically ends up going to trial and a jury either finds them guilty or not guilty. However, while that does happen in the real criminal justice system, most defendants don’t ever actually end up in a dramatic courtroom trial.

 

According to a 2012 New York Times article, “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains.” Said another way, [...]

What You Need to Know about Illinois Looting Laws

The recent natural disasters in Texas and Florida have high costs attached to them. One of the highest costs is due to looting.

 

When Hurricane Harvey passed over Texas, looters allegedly broke into vacated homes and businesses to pilfer valuables. Fourteen individuals were charged with looting in the Houston area only days after the hurricane hit land. They will face additional charges for crimes committed during a crisis, according to a statement by the Harris County District Attorney.

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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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