Controversial Eavesdropping Act Ruled Unconstitutional
A challenge to the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, a controversial law that makes it a felony to record police officers without their consent, was voted down by the state in a 59-45 vote. This support for the law stands despite the fact that a Cook County judge recently ruled that the Illinois Eavesdropping Act is unconstitutional. So anyone caught recording an officer in public without their consent can still be arrested and charged with a felony, in which case they will need a professional Chicago criminal defense attorney to keep them from getting a prison sentence of more than a decade.
The Act criminalizes recording any police officer whether in private or public without his or her consent as a Class 1 felony. Those who are found guilty may be subject to sentences of 15 years in prison. A Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help to minimize sentencing, or be able to facilitate a defense to get the charges dropped altogether.
The concern and motivation behind the law is to protect the privacy rights of public servants who are engaged in the commission of their official duties, who may be recorded and taken out of context. Opponents, such as the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) who challenged the law before the district judge’s ruling, argue that it is possible to record anyone in public without their consent, except for police officers, and that the punishment far outweighs the seriousness of the crime. Although this isn’t a frequently heard of charge, it serves as a great example of how versatile a Chicago criminal defense lawyer must be, as they are often called to defend those charged with “crimes” that defy ordinary categorization.
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