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Category: Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes on the CTA Often Go Unreported

Illinois law deals with perpetrators of sex crimes very seriously—when they catch them. However, studies show that an alarming number of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault crimes go unreported. Victims often feel ashamed, or unsure of whether or not their experience constitutes a crime. This is particularly true in public places like the CTA, where large crowds make it easy for groping to go unnoticed and sexist comments are all too common. In response to this problem, local public transit [...]

High School Hazing Can Be a Sex Crime

High school hazing, depending on who you ask, may be described as a “rite of passage,” a “mostly harmless tradition,” or “just a part of growing up.” In recent years, however, high school hazing has been getting more attention and is now recognized as an act of bullying that sometimes even crosses over into criminal behavior.

 

The latest hazing incident to make headlines comes from a Sayreville War Memorial High School, a prep school in New Jersey, where seven [...]

Juveniles Charged with Sex Crimes Still Must Register as Sex Offenders

Because children lack the same life experience as adults and because their brains have not yet fully developed, they are typically treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system. While juveniles can be tried as adults depending on the nature of their criminal charge, courts generally take a defendant’s age into account when determining penalties. However, the state of Illinois takes a hard line when it comes to juveniles who have allegedly committed sex offenses, and any minor charged [...]

Illinois Anti-Stalking Law Casts a Wide Net

Stalking is a crime that many people think they understand based on TV and movie representations. To many people, a stalker is a mentally unhinged person who obsessively follows another person and causes their victim to fear for their safety. In Illinois, though, the definition of criminal stalking is much broader than that and encompasses a number of subjective behaviors and activities, making the crime much more common than you might think.

 

In some cases, the people charged with [...]

Carrying Condoms Could Get You Arrested, but NY Vows Change

Carrying condoms isn’t illegal anywhere in the country, but if you’re in the wrong neighborhood at the wrong time, having this form of contraception could be used as evidence to make a prostitution arrest.

 

Condom confiscation has been an issue in many major US cities, and in 2012, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch found that police in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York were specifically using condoms as evidence of prostitution. This practice has led [...]

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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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