Every once in a while, you need a little levity. And when you spend your days defending those accused of serious crimes and coming into contact with those who, in a gross aberration of justice, are wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit, it is important to take a look at the sometimes humorous side of law. With that in mind, here is a list of the 20 strangest laws in Illinois. Yes, these are legitimate laws still on [...]
Category: Criminal Defense
What can be done when funds and public defenders are scarce? John Stuart, Minnesota State Public Defender, wrote an editorial in the Star Tribune back in March on the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright to call attention to the issues facing the public defense system in our nation. It seems, writes Stuart, that access to public counsel is at risk – both locally and nationally.
Gideon v. Wainwright established every person’s right to legal counsel, even if they [...]
A 45-year-old male is facing a litany of criminal charges following a routine traffic stop. Officers initially stopped the driver for failure to dim his headlights, but by the time it was all said and done, he was charged with improper lane use, speeding, driving without a valid license, DUI, and the illegal transportation of alcohol … in addition to failure to dim headlights. If ever the need for a criminal lawyer in Chicago could be illustrated, this instance does [...]
If you are convicted of a weapons charge in Chicago, the penalties can be severe, even if you are a first time offender. The problem is that you could end up with a criminal record without ever having had criminal intent at all. The weapons laws governing the area, and the entire state of Illinois, are so complex that you could inadvertently be in violation of weapons laws without realizing it. In fact, the laws can become so complicated that [...]
A recent situation in the area highlights how relatively easy it is for someone to make a criminal accusation that is untrue. If you are ever faced with such a situation, a knowledgeable, experienced criminal lawyer in Chicago will be your most valuable asset as you attempt to defend yourself and protect your rights and freedom.
The incident in question occurred when a woman filed a report of sexual assault with the police. She claimed that she had been [...]