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Don’t Become an Online Dating Site Predator

In recent years, the popularity of online dating has been on a steady upswing. More and more people have been turning to websites like eHarmony and Match.com to help them find potential partners.

 

Unfortunately, online dating sites do more than provide alternative settings in which to seriously seek out and meet new partners. These virtual love services can also be potentially dangerous, sometimes acting as centers for engaging in predatory actions.

 

For some people, the hardest part about [...]

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 [...]

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FAQs about Probation in Illinois That You Need to Know

Probation Violations

Probation is preferable to imprisonment, but if you’re sentenced to probation, you’re still very much under the justice system’s thumb.

This means that it’s very important to understand the basics of probation, and the terms of your specific probation program to avoid a probation violation.

We’ve put together a short FAQ list covering the basics of Illinois probation, common terms you’re likely to face, and what to do if you’re accused of a probation violation.

Are Illinois Probation and Parole [...]

‘Tis the Season for IL Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Identity Theft

Cyber Crimes | Identity Theft

The Christmas season is nearly upon us again. It’s that time of year to prepare for presents, family dinners, and…you guessed it — identity theft.

As the sheer volume of online holiday purchases continues to soar, it only makes sense that the holiday season doesn’t just mean an increase in retail theft anymore, but in identity theft as well.

In turn, Illinois law enforcement is on high alert for acts of identity theft from now through the end of the [...]

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