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Chicago Mob Enforcers Are Being Released From Jail Due to COVID-19

There have been a lot of changes to the way life works in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. One area that has made headlines is prisons.

Prisons have become hotbeds of COVID-19 spread, which makes sense. With so many people living so closely together in prisons, it’s the perfect environment for viral spread. This has resulted in the early release of many prisoners, some on the grounds of compassionate release, including high profile Chicago mob enforcers.

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Illinois Prisoners Have Rights — Are They Being Violated?

Regardless of how a person winds up in prison, all prisoners’ rights are the same. This is true even during the current pandemic or any other natural disaster for that matter.

One of those rights is personal safety. To help protect that right and to prevent further COVID-19 infections in the state prison system, certain inmates are being released early.

The concerted effort, however, has since given way to public questions about precisely who has been released and whether or [...]

5 Factors That Can Aggravate Your IL Criminal Charges

When charged with a crime in Illinois, it’s essential to understand the consequences that come with a conviction. It’s not simply about being found guilty or innocent, but about a judge determining your sentence. That sentence can be heavily influenced by aggravating as well as mitigating factors.

Criminal Sentencing: What Happens?

While each criminal case in Illinois is unique, there are general factors the judge must consider in order to ensure that the punishment fits the crime.

Under Illinois law, [...]

What Happens If You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights in IL?

It’s a common trope in crime TV: someone is arrested and they’re told they have the right to remain silent, among other things.

This is what most people think of when they hear the term “Miranda Rights,” and these rights are legally guaranteed to all US citizens should they be arrested. There’s more to your Miranda rights than simply not having to speak, though.

These rights are an integral part of keeping the justice system fair, impartial, and unbiased. Law [...]

Your Rights against Search and Seizure on IL Public Transportation

If a police officer comes to your home to interview you, he or she may ask to enter and conduct a search.

 

Legally, you have the right to say no unless the officer has a search warrant or has reason to believe that you are harboring a suspect they are immediately pursuing. You can and should exercise this right, even if you feel that you have nothing to hide.

 

You have this right because law enforcement officers may [...]

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IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

Indecent Proposals: IL Man Allegedly Exposes Himself Looking for Sex

Indecent EXposure

It may seem like a harmless thing to relieve yourself in public if no restroom is available or it might seem exciting to get intimate with a partner in public, but both of these things can result in criminal charges in Illinois – criminal charges that have some serious penalties.

In August 2020, a man on Chicago’s Near North Side was reported to police for approaching people and exposing himself, telling them that he was looking for a woman to [...]

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