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Criminal Sexual Abuse: The One Misdemeanor Sex Crime in Illinois

Once one of the most popular singers in the world, R. Kelly is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons. While rumors about Mr. Kelly’s misconduct have been around for years, he has never been convicted of any crimes.

This could all change when he goes to trial over the latest allegations against him in April and May of 2020. Facing multiple charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse within the State of Illinois, as well as 18 federal counts [...]

Sex Trafficking Laws in Illinois: What You Should Know

Sex trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and Illinois has some of the highest sex trafficking rates in the country. Accordingly, sex trafficking is a major priority for law enforcement, and sex trafficking charges are increasing.

In fact, the enhanced efforts to eliminate sex trafficking may even lead to overzealous policing, and result in innocent people being charged.

Those working in positions — legal and otherwise — that could possibly be affected by Illinois state sex trafficking laws would do [...]

Revenge Porn: What Happens If You Get Charged in Illinois?

We use computers and smartphones for almost everything in modern society. This has affected many aspects of society, including criminal activity.

The advent of smartphones with high-definition cameras has increased the incidence of “revenge porn,” a crime in which the defendant posts online or otherwise distributes private sexual images of the victim without the victim’s consent.

Below, we provide a guide to revenge porn, including how Illinois defines and prosecutes the crime, civil actions faced by some defendants, and recent [...]

Can You Get Off the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?

In 1996, a database was created by the FBI to keep tabs on convicted sex offenders. Registration into this database consisted of individuals who had been convicted of:

    Predatory sexual actions Sexual offense against children and minors Sexually violent acts

The database was thus named the sex offender registry, and its purpose was to monitor sex offenders to prevent them from hurting other people – especially children.

 

Over time, the sex offender registry has become much more than just [...]

Criminal Charges That Put You on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

If you are facing a sex crime charge or worried that an accusation might be coming, one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably whether or not you could have to register as a sex offender in Illinois.

 

As consequences go, being on the sex offender registry is one of the worst ongoing hardships someone can be saddled with, as it has been shown to harm job prospects, limit living opportunities, stand in the way of loans, [...]

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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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