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Blog Posts in 2015

Seven Arrests Made in Aurora Juvenile Sex Trafficking Sting

A two-day sting targeting juvenile sex traffickers in west suburban Aurora yielded seven arrests. It was a joint sting operation between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Aurora Police; it ...
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Joliet Teens in Custody After Posting Sex Tape to Twitter

Four teens from Joliet are in custody and facing child pornography charges after they taped themselves having sex, and one of the teens decided to post the 10-minute video to Twitter, according to ...
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UIC Student Cleared of Rape Charges in "50 Shades of Grey" Assault

On Thursday, a biology student attending the University of Illinois of Chicago was cleared of a rape charge by a Cook County judge in a case that has been compared to the film "50 Shades of ...
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Claiming Self-Defense in an Illinois Murder Charge

Often, two people become engaged in a verbal altercation which quickly turns physical. When one of the people die, the other person can face manslaughter or murder charges. This can even happen when ...
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Four Arrests Made in "Smash-and-Grab Burglaries"

CHICAGO – Chicago police have arrested four Chicago men in connection to a series of "smash-and-grab" burglaries that have occurred over the past two years. Since the burglaries first ...
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Man Beats Pregnant Girlfriend at Brookfield Zoo

Over the weekend, a man took his 11-month old's blanket, wrapped it around his fist and beat the infant's pregnant mother at the Brookfield Zoo, according to police. P. O'Meara, 28, of Oak ...
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What a Pardon Can Do

If you or someone you love has been convicted of a crime, it may be worth your while to learn about pardons, and what they can do. A pardon is an action of a government figure that mitigates or sets ...
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Will Marijuana Soon Be Legalized in Illinois?

Under two separate bills introduced by the General Assembly, adults over 21 would be able to possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of arrest or prosecution. The first in their class, these ...
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Reform Coming to Illinois Criminal Justice System?

The criminal justice system in Illinois is in need of an overhaul and Governor Bruce Rauner has stepped up to push forward reform. Just earlier today, he launched a commission to begin reforming ...
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Illinois Sex Offender Registration Basics

In Illinois, not all sex crime convictions will result in sex offender registration. For instance, normal prostitution offenses will not result in sex offender registration unless a juvenile under the ...
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What Happens When You Don't Remember Committing a Crime?

One of the most important thing to remember about being charged with a crime is that in order to be held responsible, it must be proven that the accused was in the proper mental state to commit a ...
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Can You Learn Who Is a Secret Informant In Your Case?

When the prosecution gains evidence against a defendant, they must typically make their representation aware of it to allow for a fair trial. If this information was given in confidence, then the ...
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Illinois "Second Chance" Probation Law

On August 3, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed significant legislation that allows judges the option of sending some first-time and non-violent criminal offenders to probation instead of having ...
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Are Polygraph Tests Reliable?

It seems like in every television show depicting law enforcement and the criminal trial process, a suspect is hooked up to a polygraph, or lie detector machine, and made to answer questions about a ...
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