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Archives for: August 29th, 2018

Will Chicago’s DEA Cartel Crackdown Lead to Overzealous Policing?

Drug trafficking is a serious problem in any major city, including Chicago. Drug trafficking operations put more drugs into the hands of users, and bring violent crimes associated with the drug trade into the city. Mexican drug cartels are notoriously violent, and they are a primary source of many dangerous controlled substances.

 

The DEA recently announced a new initiative to target drug trafficking into Chicago by Mexican drug cartels. These plans call for a new enforcement group within Chicago [...]

Minors Tried as Adults: How It Works for Chicago Juveniles

If your child has recently been arrested or charged with a crime, we understand that you are worried. The criminal justice system in Illinois is supposed to protect the people of our state, but that often means placing severe punishments on people who may have just made a bad mistake.

 

This is particularly unfortunate for younger members of our society, because all teenagers make mistakes, and you don’t want those youthful errors to hurt their ability to work or [...]

The Three Tiers of Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

When you hear about sexual assault cases on television, you may notice reporters using various terms for similar charges: “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse,” etc. Each state has different definitions and charges for sexual assault crimes. If you are charged with any sort of sex crime here in Illinois, it is crucial to know what you are up against, and how you can defend yourself.

 

Let’s look at the three tiers of criminal sexual assault in Illinois: criminal sexual [...]

Understanding the Differences between Probation and Parole in Illinois

Probation. Parole. Both of them can come with convictions in Illinois. Both of them also come with conditions that can be violated, leading to more trouble for you.

 

They are not, however, the same, and it is important that you understand the difference. Below, we’re going to break down both of these processes so that you can best prepare and protect yourself to avoid further consequences.

 

How Are Illinois Probation and Parole Similar?

 

To sum it up, [...]

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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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