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Category: Criminal Defense

When Arrest Stats Go Up, So Does the Need for Criminal Defense

In a vicious circle of responding to statistics, the mayor of Chicago has recently responded to statistics noting the high level of violence in the city with an increased police presence in areas where there tends to be more trouble. This increased patrol has led to an increase in arrests for violent crimes, which means that the statistics related to the number of violent crimes in the city will likewise increase. As this statistical cat-and-mouse charade plays out, there is [...]

“If You Do Not Have or Cannot Afford an Attorney …”

Whether from watching television and movies, taking a basic class in U. S. Government, or from actual run-ins with the law, everyone is aware that law enforcement officers must inform a suspect of their rights, including the right to a lawyer. So, if you have been arrested in Chicago and face criminal charges, wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to simply use the defense attorney that can be supplied by the courts?

 

The reality is that although there are [...]

Probation Violations: You May Have Another Shot

There’s a funny song about a parolee sitting at a bar telling the bartender how he violated his parole “to have a good time,” tells the bartender all about his exploits, then says, “They’ll probably give me ten years, so just give me beer til they get here.” Well, it’s funny unless you, yourself, have just violated probation and you’re sitting at the proverbial bar with that same, sinking feeling, reflecting on what you’ve done and what’s bound to happen [...]

Controversial Eavesdropping Act Ruled Unconstitutional

A challenge to the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, a controversial law that makes it a felony to record police officers without their consent, was voted down by the state in a 59-45 vote. This support for the law stands despite the fact that a Cook County judge recently ruled that the Illinois Eavesdropping Act is unconstitutional. So anyone caught recording an officer in public without their consent can still be arrested and charged with a felony, in which case they will [...]

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Understanding Illinois Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Charges

Sex Crimes | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

In our state, sexual abuse and sexual assault laws are stringent, covering a range of non-consensual acts. These offenses are classified based on the nature of the act, the age of the victim, and the presence of aggravating factors such as force or threats.

This post will include in-depth breakdowns of criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Being convicted for any of these requires [...]

The Role of Police Misconduct in Chicago Resisting Arrest Cases

Resisting Arrest

Resisting arrest charges can be contentious and complex, especially when allegations of police misconduct or excessive force are involved. In Chicago, as in many other cities, cases of resisting arrest often intersect with concerns about police behavior and civil rights violations. Understanding the dynamics of how police misconduct can influence resisting arrest cases is crucial for both defendants and legal advocates.

Allegations of Police Misconduct

In recent years, allegations of police misconduct and excessive force have garnered significant attention in [...]