When a person is convicted of a criminal charge in Illinois, they have to face the penalty handed down by the court. However, it is the related results of a conviction that will have the longest lasting effects. Often referred to as collateral consequences, related results of a criminal conviction affect many other aspects of a person’s life. The assumption that a person has paid his or her debt to society by completing the court’s sentencing requirements is simply not true.
Federal authorities announced last week that they are unsealing an indictment which charges a hedge fund boss and several deputies in a major fraud case, involving 1$ billion. In federal courts, you are charged with an indictment which is issued by grand juries. The indictment is the formal document that lists the charges against you and justifies your arrest and seizure of property for evidence.
Pleading guilty is a challenging endeavor, it feels like you are admitting that you did a wrong. But sometimes pleading guilty is a good choice. Most of the time the prosecutor will drop some charges, mitigate the sentence, or even allow you to enter a diversion program (to avoid criminal penalties). This post will go over the warning signs on when you should consider a guilty plea.
New Orleans is a case example of a wider problem that is gripping the country. The United States is confronting a new issue in criminal justice. The United States, unlike most of the rest of the world, utilizes a for-profit system of bail. The bail system is facing increasing pressure from criminal justice reformers. The post will go over the bail system and how you can get caught up in it.
Getting arrested is scary. You are cuffed, driven to county lock-up, fingerprinted, and dropped in a holding cell, usually with dozens of other offenders. Understandably, you want to do anything you can to avoid further incarceration, and therefore plea bargains offer an attractive alternative to end the process quickly and negotiate a deal that keeps you out of prison. This post will go over DUIs and how probation may work for you.
The FBI noted a significant spike in hate crime activity against Muslim Americans, 67 percent over last year and a six percent increase for all groups, in the days following the election. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that it received more than 700 allegations of harassment and potential hate crimes in the handful of days after the election.
States regularly update their laws. Illinois is no exception. Last year, Illinois passed several laws that came into force in 2016. This post will go over some of these laws and how they may affect you.
There are three types of crimes, infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Misdemeanors are much more serious than infractions (which are like speeding or parking tickets) but not nearly as serious as felonies. This post will go over the basics of a misdemeanor and what can happen if you are faced with one.
On television, arrests appear incredibly simple. The police "talk" to the judge, get a warrant and arrest the "bad" guy. In reality, it can be that simple, but there are strict procedures the police must follow when they seek and execute an arrest warrant. This post will go over the various methods that police can use to obtain and execute a warrant.
A law professor released a book after a lecture he gave went viral warning people away from talking to the police, ever. Many people are tricked by the false narrative that police are there to find the truth. Not all police take that neutral approach to a criminal investigation. A lot of investigating officers question people to locate the perpetrator, not to eliminate innocent witnesses or bystanders. As a result, many innocent people accidentally implicate themselves.