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What Are Some Defenses to Sexual Assault Charges?

Serious consequences accompany being charged with sexual assault, which is a crime that occurs when one person commits a penetrative sexual act against another person without their consent or their ...
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Report Confirms Widespread Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

A recent survey by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Forward Together shows that many restaurant employees in Illinois and across the United States experience regular sexual harassment from ...
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Can I Be Accused Of A Crime For Writing A Bad Check?

Checks are considered a form of currency, acting in the same manner as a check or a debit card. They are a promise to pay a specific amount by stating that there is money available to cover the agreed ...
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What Is a Criminal Lineup?

The police lineup is often used in television and movies as a comedic look at how unreliable the human brain can be in identifying a person in a crime, but this is not without merit. The lineup ...
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Sexting Can Be A Sex Crime

With the increase in online technologies and the ever-present access to the internet, there is much more information being exchanged and stored. One such kind of information exchange is when two ...
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What a Minor in Possession of Alcohol May Face

In the United States, federal law mandates that anyone that consumes alcohol must be over the age of 21, with few exceptions. Those found consuming or possessing alcohol when under 21 can face severe ...
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How Does Social Media Affect Juries?

Many people have social media profiles, and having devices like smartphones and tablets means that there is social media access anywhere you go. The prevalence of social media has its perks, but is ...
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What Counts As a Hate Crime in Illinois?

In Illinois, a person can be charged with a hate crime if they commit an act of crime based on the actual or perceived classification of person. Many types of crime can be classified as a hate crime ...
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Chicago Teenager Accused of Supporting Terrorism

Ever since September 11, 2001, the United States has been on high alert for terror threats, even color-coding a threat system. The most recent terror threat has been the rise of the Islamic State of ...
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Five Teenagers Arrested for Murder in Botched Robbery

Five teenagers have been arrested in suspicion of the fatal shooting of one male high school student and injuring a female student. All five of the teens have been charged with armed robbery, ...
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Brothers Arrested for a Decade of Sexual Assaults

A pair of Chicago brothers have been arrested after forensic evidence linked the men to a series of sexual assaults that occurred between 2003 and 2012. One of the men was linked to six assaults while ...
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Smash & Grab Robberies in Chicago

A few Chicago business owners have been hit by a particular form of robbery, called a smash and grab. This type of robbery differs from other forms due to its specific use of speed and surprise to ...
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City Worker Charged in Tow Truck Scam

It is not uncommon for a motorist to park their car, misread a sign, and come back only to find that their vehicle has been ticketed or even towed. For a Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department ...
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Some Chicago Suburbs Able to Text 911

To cooperate with federal law, some Chicago suburbs have unveiled a program that allows people to text 911 on their cell phones in the event that help is needed in an emergency. Text-to-911 is a ...
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Safety Guards Usher Chicago Schoolchildren

School children in Chicago returned to school in September with an increase in security guards on the streets. A total of 1,300 adults now usher children to school in high-crime neighborhoods. Safe ...
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Chicago Crime Decreases with Concealed Carry Permits

Earlier in 2014, Illinois began offering concealed carry permits. With the rise in applications for the permit, the number of crimes in Chicago have dropped. Crime Decrease Numbers Compared with the ...
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Drug Dealer May Serve Time for Murder He Wasn't Convicted Of

In 2008, two off duty Chicago police officers were killed. Their deaths were allegedly caused by the gunfire between two rival gangs fighting the over the right to sell heroin at a nearby ...
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Illinois State Troopers Brought Into Chicago

Focus on High-Crime Neighborhoods State troopers dressed in plain clothes and driving unmarked police vehicles have partnered with the Chicago Police Department to begin serving fugitive warrants in ...
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Inside Embezzlement Charges in Illinois

The main reason that embezzlement is not filed as a theft charge is that while the offender did not own the assets that were taken, they were able to access those assets legally. While this white ...
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Charged with Domestic Violence in Chicago?

About Illinois Domestic Battery Charges A crime of battery is when someone inflicts purposeful physical harm on another person, or tries to provoke violence through contact (this could be as simple as ...
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Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases in Illinois

Each state has its own laws that govern how long a state has to begin a criminal case after a crime has been committed. Some crimes, such as murder, do not have any statute of limitations. It does not ...
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Men Arrested for Raiding Illinois Mink Farm

A few weeks ago, two men were taken into police custody after they were accused of sneaking onto an Illinois mink farm to free 2,000 animals, reports the L.A. Times. Federal prosecutors are filing the ...
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Illinois to Expunge Many Juvenile Arrest Records

One of the worst penalties an accused person can face is that of a lifelong criminal record. And the devastation can be felt even if charges are never filed. An arrest is enough of a blot on your ...
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Lake County Judge Affirms DUI Conviction

Defendant Convicted in "Huffing" Trial Will Still Face Sentencing This past May, a 20-year-old driver was convicted of aggravated DUI in a bench trial for huffing computer cleaner before she ...
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Two Killed, Four Wounded in Chicago Shooting

According to the Chicago Times, two people were killed and four more were injured in overnight gun violence all throughout the city of Chicago. One shooting occurred on July 2 nd at 6:25 a.m. when a ...
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