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Archives for: January 27th, 2019

Is Your Illinois Teen At-Risk for Committing a Crime?

How to people learn? By making mistakes.

 

Everyone has to live a little, experiment with their surroundings, and make mistakes in order to learn for themselves how the world works.

 

At no time is this truer than when we are growing up – and as we grow, the potential of those mistakes to be bigger and more impactful grows with us.

 

Which brings us to teenagers. According to all available scientific evidence, teens are primed for this [...]

No, Field Sobriety Tests Are Not Required in Illinois

When an officer of the law in Illinois pulls you over under suspicion of DUI, he or she many choose to administer a field sobriety test. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has approved several standardized tests to assess one’s sobriety while on the road.

 

Here’s something a lot of people don’t know, though: you can refuse to undergo a field sobriety test without suffering prescribed legal consequences. Many Illinois residents don’t realize this because they lump field [...]

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Illinois Theft Offenses?

As time passes, it can become more and more difficult to provide clear, definitive evidence that a crime did or didn’t happen. Because of this, Illinois has created a statute of limitations for most criminal offenses – including theft. After a preset amount of time, you are no longer legally able to be charged with a crime.

 

Today, we’re going to share some general rules of thumb for the Illinois statutes of limitations in theft-related crimes, detail several specific [...]

Ways You Can Be Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in IL

In December 2018, a 19-year-old man from East St. Louis was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.

 

Now, that sounds really bad – and it is – but what exactly does “aggravated criminal sexual abuse” mean? What does someone have to do to be convicted of this sex crime?

 

How serious are the consequences?

 

In this post, we’re going to dive into the nuts and bolts of this law, focusing on what acts [...]

Mass Incarceration for IL Drug Crimes Are Real, but Just Part of Problem

Whether you are a police officer, a criminal defense lawyer, or someone who is facing violent crime charges, we can all agree: America has a prison problem.

 

How big is the problem? While our country has just under 5% of the world’s population, we account for 22% of the world’s prison population.

 

Why?

 

In recent years, a lot of fingers have pointed at The War on Drugs and federal drug crime laws. After all, half of the [...]

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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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