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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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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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