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Archives for: January 7th, 2015
In the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, it seems that every media outlet from The New York Times to BuzzFeed is filled with articles on how to make the most out of your New Year’s celebrations—from which outfits to wear to which bars to visit in your area. In the days following New Year’s, however, the headlines get a lot bleaker—stories about arrests, drunk driving accidents, and domestic abuses scream out from every newspaper and website.
Picture this: It’s a chilly winter’s evening in Chicago, and Michigan Ave. is aglow with Christmas lights and bright storefront windows. Snowflakes melt on the ruddy cheeks of shoppers as they bustle down the street with their arms full of bags, laughing as they make their way to the CTA station.
Everything’s peaceful and serene until suddenly—a siren goes off, and someone darts out of a high-end store holding an expensive necklace. Unfortunately for this person—let’s call him “Frank”—there’s [...]
No woman – whether a member of the high class or earning the minimum wage – is immune to domestic violence, be it physical, emotional, psychological, or economical. Although studied less than other forms of intimate partner violence, psychological abuse is the only reality known to millions of women across the globe, with dramatic consequences for those abused.
What can be done when funds and public defenders are scarce? John Stuart, Minnesota State Public Defender, wrote an editorial in the Star Tribune back in March on the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright to call attention to the issues facing the public defense system in our nation. It seems, writes Stuart, that access to public counsel is at risk – both locally and nationally.
Gideon v. Wainwright established every person’s right to legal counsel, even if they [...]
September 17, 2021
Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence
It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.
In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.
What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]
September 12, 2021
Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registration | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault
Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.
A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.
This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]