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Police Searching for Perpetrator of Sex Crimes

Recently, a 56-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her South Loop garage by a man wielding a gun. Chicago police are now searching for the offender. Clearly, apprehending any perpetrator guilty of sexual assault should be a high priority for law enforcement officials. However, sometimes the description of the suspect that gets broadcast to police and the general public is so general that it could fit just about anyone. The result can be an erroneous charge of sexual assault. If [...]

Residential Burglary Conviction Almost Always Results in Prison Time

A charge of residential burglary in Chicago or elsewhere in the state of Illinois means that you stand accused of entering another’s home either by deception or force with the intention of taking property that was owned by another. Consequently, a conviction of such a charge carries with it serious penalties and, almost inevitably, incarceration. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you to avoid the serious consequences involved with a conviction, however, which is why you will [...]

Disorderly Conduct Can Bring Hefty Fines

If you have been arrested in Chicago for disorderly conduct, you could be facing fines upwards of $10,000. In addition, the misdemeanor class that your offense falls into will be dependent upon the circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the charge, and the statutes governing that assessment can become complex and confusing. Consequently, it is important that you retain a seasoned defense attorney who can evaluate the specifics of your case and mount an appropriate defense on your behalf.[...]

Cop Allegedly Nabs Burglary Suspect – In Cop’s Home

According to police reports, a Chicago area law enforcement officer allegedly caught a burglary suspect in the act—in the officer’s own condo. The accused is scheduled to appear in court soon for a preliminary hearing, but it was not known if he had yet retained a lawyer to aid in his defense.

 

Although most Chicago burglary cases are not so cut-and-dried in terms of locating the alleged perpetrator, all of them will result in prison time upon conviction. If [...]

Charged with Rape? If Convicted, You Could Face a Sentence of Over 100 Years

If you are convicted of rape in Chicago, you could face a prison sentence that would be longer than a sentence for some murder cases. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you could spend anywhere from six years up to a maximum 120 years behind bars, as well as fines over $20,000. The penalties for rape are some of the most severe in the judicial system, and rightly so. However, if you have been falsely arrested for aggravated criminal [...]

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Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

COVID-19 | Probation Violations

While probation offices across Illinois are closed or operating with fewer employees due to COVID-19, there may be a decrease in technical probation violations resulting in any real punishments.

For many years, criminal justice researchers have gathered a lot of data about whether or not punishments for non-criminal probation violations are helpful to anyone. With many probation offices changing the way they do things during the COVID-19 pandemic, that question is being asked again.

So what is the difference between [...]

Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Prisoners Rights | Early Release | Criminal Defense

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

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