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Archives for: January 12th, 2020

Some Illinois Sex Crimes Specifically Aimed at Protecting Kids

State legislation is put into place in order to help to protect the people of Illinois. Doing so allows more people to exercise their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Furthermore, not all Illinoisans are created equal — some are more vulnerable than others. That’s why we have harsher penalties against hate crimes or crimes against the elderly.

Still, children are considered the most vulnerable of us all, so when crimes involve them, the punishment is meant [...]

Revenge Porn: What Happens If You Get Charged in Illinois?

We use computers and smartphones for almost everything in modern society. This has affected many aspects of society, including criminal activity.

The advent of smartphones with high-definition cameras has increased the incidence of “revenge porn,” a crime in which the defendant posts online or otherwise distributes private sexual images of the victim without the victim’s consent.

Below, we provide a guide to revenge porn, including how Illinois defines and prosecutes the crime, civil actions faced by some defendants, and recent [...]

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 [...]

Hundreds Arrested in Nationwide Sex-Trafficking Bust

In 2015, the Illinois’ Cook County Sheriff’s Department launched a nationwide sex-trafficking string operation that comprised of 70 jurisdictions in 17 states, including Illinois, Arizona, and Nevada. This year’s installment is the largest thus far since the operation first started in 2011.

 

 Officials also recovered 54 women and 14 juvenile sex-trafficking victims nationwide, taking them into custody mental with health, drug abuse, and domestic abuse rehabilitation services.

 

Many of these sex-trafficking and involuntary servitude crimes were discovered on [...]

Aurora Doctor’s License Suspended after Sex Crimes Charges

You’re supposed to be safe when you visit your doctor. These are professionals dedicated to our good health and taking care of us when at our worst. We trust them because they’ve had to undergo so much training, and we trust them as people because you can’t have a job where you help others for a living and be a bad person – right?

 

Those are just some of the things that might have been going through your head [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]

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