When someone is charged with a crime on television or in movies, the defendant typically ends up going to trial and a jury either finds them guilty or not guilty. However, while that does happen in the real criminal justice system, most defendants don’t ever actually end up in a dramatic courtroom trial.
According to a 2012 New York Times article, “97 percent of federal cases and 94 percent of state cases end in plea bargains.” Said another way, [...]
Recently thirteen people were arrested on drug trafficking charges in the Chicago area. Federal agents conducted a two-year investigation on Chicago’s Northwest side and in western suburbs and discovered an operation that distributed fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. Many transactions allegedly occurred, including one at an Aurora gas station.
Arrests like these are becoming more common as the federal government cracks down on drug trafficking. Federal, state, and local agencies are acting in cooperation to put a stop to drug [...]
Asset forfeiture has recently come under scrutiny in our country. Many police officers are abusing their power and seizing assets from people of color and those with lower incomes as opposed to large-scale drug enterprises, which is why the law was passed in the first place.
Luckily, our state – along with numerous other states – is seeking to reform these unfair laws that violate a person’s due process rights.
Let’s first look at what happens during asset [...]
Are you a member of or affiliated with a gang? If you are, you should know that you could be arrested for criminal activities that can be linked to your gang.
This is particularly important to be aware of right now, because law enforcement is currently cracking down and making huge busts in our city. Just last month, approximately 50 gang members we charged with drug and weapons trafficking. This resulted from a two-year investigation that was carried out [...]
Less than a year after Governor Rauner decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are looking to make recreational marijuana legal throughout the state.
The measure follows the trend throughout the country (except at the federal level) to loosen laws on the drug. Previously, small amounts of marijuana would be considered a class B misdemeanor, and threaten up to six months behind bars. Now, offenders with up to 10 grams will only face a citation.
As the Department of Education is attempting to change Title IX laws, Illinois college students are putting up a fight. Experts say that Title IX, the federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex, is already not sufficient.
Further weakening of the guidelines will only put victims of sexual harassment and misconduct in an even worse position.
Every university student should understand Title IX and what it means for their college experience. Learn more about Title IX and [...]