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The Surprising Truth Behind Dating Violence

Even the most self-proclaimed “progressive” person has some deep-seated biases. For example, when someone says the words “dating violence,” most people automatically assume that a male committed some act of violence on a female. In late July, however, several new studies presented evidence to overthrow these nearly universal assumptions. At the American Psychological Association’s annual convention, researchers presented findings from the Growing Up with Media study, a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. The study followed 1,058 [...]

Catherine Kieu vs. Lorena Bobbitt: The Same Crime Doesn’t Always Merit the Same Punishment

 

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It sounds like something out of a slasher flick: In July 2011, 50-year-old Catherine Kieu of Garden Grove, California drugged her husband’s tofu with Ambien, a sleeping pill. The two were married in December 2009, but in March of 2011, he filed for divorce. The two continued to live together, however, and on July 11, the couple had a fight about a future house guest. After drugging her husband, Kieu waited until he was asleep [...]

When Do You Know It’s Time To End The Marriage?

There is never a good time to end your marriage. It is one of the most important relationships in your life. However, sometimes life’s best laid plans force us to take this difficult decision. My parents have had their fights and arguments, but for them the “till death do us apart” concept stays. Some years back I had reached a point when life had become too painful, with way too many battles and very little love. So what do you [...]

Domestic Violence: Victims Can Refuse to Cooperate, but the Prosecution Calls the Shots

If the police are summoned to the scene of reported domestic violence, you can just about bet your last ten bucks that someone will be going to jail. In the case of wrestling legend Scott Hall, police arrested him Friday despite Hall’s insistence that he had never been violent with girlfriend Lisa Howell. Though Ms. Hall initially reported that Hall grabbed her by the throat and tried to pull her out of her car, she later claimed that there was [...]

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Is It Theft, Robbery, or Burglary? How Illinois Defines Each Crime

Burglary | Robbery | Theft

Many people use the terms “theft,” “robbery,” and “burglary” interchangeably in daily conversations. Which makes sense. After all, each term – in general – addresses the same topic.

Legally speaking, however, the terms describe three different and specific types of criminal offenses. If you’re facing criminal charges related to stealing something, you need to know the legal definition of each term.

Theft in Illinois

Illinois Statutes Chapter 720 §16-1 defines theft as obtaining the property of someone else through deception [...]

Did You Know You’re Paying Not to Seal Your Illinois Criminal Record?

Record Sealing

You’ve served your time and paid off fines for your crimes. Everything should go back to normal, right?

Not so much.

Even if you are only arrested, or if you are charged but acquitted on those charges, it creates a criminal record. A record that will follow you if you don’t take action.

Having a conviction on your record is especially hard because state and federal laws automatically ban you from holding certain positions, getting certain jobs, and even exercising [...]

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