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Archives for: February 14th, 2019

Don’t Do These Things If You Get Arrested in Chicago

If you get arrested in Chicago, it’s important to know your rights. An officer can arrest you if he or she sees you committing a crime, has probable cause that you committed a felony, or if he or she has a warrant for your arrest.

 

In this post, we’re going to tell you what not to do at your arrest, and how to get help if you are charged with resisting or obstructing arrest.

 

You Cannot Use Force[...]

Push to Prioritize Prosecution of Sex Crimes in Chicago

Chicago law enforcement has been fighting against sex crimes for the last two decades, prioritizing investigations, arresting offenders, and doling out tough penalties.

 

However, over the last few years, it appears Chicago’s fight against sex crimes may have hit a wall. According to a report from CBS Chicago, “while the number of reported criminal sexual assaults in Chicago has come in at less than 1,600 from 2006 to 2014… progress has leveled out. Sharp drops in the 1990s have [...]

Why It’s Important to Fight Against False Domestic Violence Allegations

Though the domestic violence laws in Illinois are meant to protect families, abuse of domestic violence laws can harm the very families they were designed to keep safe. False domestic violence allegations can be harmful to the accused, their families, and the Illinois criminal justice system in general.

 

Regrettably, false domestic violence allegations are not uncommon both state- and nationwide.

 

 

Illinois law defines domestic violence as any act of physical abuse, harassment, or intimidation of another member [...]

Permanent Residents Can Be Deported if Convicted of Crimes

For many people who have immigrated to the United States, permanent residency is a big step toward the path to citizenship. Once an individual has been classified a legal permanent resident, he or she has officially been granted authorization to live and work in the United States indefinitely. This generally means that he or she no longer has to fear deportation, because the individual is officially and securely recognized as belonging in the United States.

That is, of course, unless [...]

The Problem with Court-Appointed Attorneys

One of the greatest provisions of the US justice system is the right a fair trial. Under US law, you are entitled to a fair trial regardless of the crime you were accused of or your inability to afford legal representation. That means that if you find yourself accused of a criminal offense and are unable to afford a lawyer, the court may appoint one for you.

 

In theory, the practice of appointing lawyers to those who lack the [...]

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How Mandatory Minimums for Drug Trafficking Work in Illinois

Drug Crimes | Drug Trafficking

Being charged with possession of illegal substances is not something to be taken lightly, but it could land you in especially hot water if you’re convicted in the state of Illinois.

Why? Because Illinois courts enforce mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking, and you can be charged with drug trafficking based on the amount of substance in your possession (even if you didn’t intend to distribute it) due to state laws.

Often associated with federal courts and accused of targeting [...]

Why Did Your Chicago Domestic Violence Charge Rate as a Felony?

Aggravated Domestic Battery | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the authorities in Illinois. Even if you’ve never been convicted of a domestic violence offense before, being charged with it once can have a huge impact on your future — especially if you’re convicted of felony domestic violence.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in the state? It’s an important distinction to be aware of, especially if you’re facing charges.

Here’s what you need to know [...]

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