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Category: COVID-19

Are Technical Probation Violations in IL on Hold Right Now?

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 [...]

Police Crack Down After Spike in COVID-19 Domestic Violence Cases

The COVID-19 shutdown has affected Americans in many ways. Aside from (and possibly due in part to) the financial impact, there have been a number of other unintended side effects of this pandemic.

Across the nation, authorities are seeing a noticeable rise in domestic violence cases being called in. The spike in domestic violence reports is particularly worrisome to police because they believe the actual number of incidents may be far larger and going unreported.

While increased stress in the [...]

How the Stay-at-Home Order Could Land Some Chicagoans Criminal Charges

 

A majority of Chicagoans are spending most of their days indoors thanks to the unprecedented stay-at-home order. Living through this quarantine order can be stressful and this tension can cause some people to make decisions they may not otherwise – decisions that can have legal consequences.

If you find yourself in a dispute with a neighbor because you’re now constantly at home due to the stay-at-home order or taking actions you normally wouldn’t due to boredom or stress, then [...]

Store Owners Beware: IL Governor Addresses Price-Gouging

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that even in a time of crisis some people are interested in profit — at the expense of others’ misfortune.

Reports of companies and individuals price-gouging, among other white-collar crimes, abound. You are probably already aware that items being hardest hit include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, and other necessary medical equipment.

Since the initial outbreak, Illinois officials have reported over seven hundred calls from people complaining of price-gouging. And the Governor of [...]

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Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

Human Trafficking | Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

The Line Between Domestic Assault and Domestic Battery in IL

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery

In Illinois, when you take certain violent actions against members of your family or household, they’re classified as domestic violence crimes.

While a conviction won’t necessarily equate to a whole lot of time behind bars or payment of a whole lot in fines, you will jeopardize your home and family life as well as put a ding on your criminal record against you.

Not to mention, crimes committed against family members or household members tend to have consequences that impact [...]

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