5 Punishable Offenses Categorized As Illinois Sex Crimes

When people hear “sex crimes,” they usually associate it with rape.  But, under Illinois law, there are many types of punishable offenses under the category of sex crimes. Sex crimes are serious, and carry a heavy stigma.  Those convicted of sex crimes face difficulty obtaining credit, finding a job, purchasing or renting a home, and maintaining personal relationships. 1. Statutory Rape Statutory rape means Read More

5 Things To Know About DUIs In Chicago

DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and it is a serious offense with lasting consequences in the state of Illinois. 1. The Legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) Limit For DUI Offenses Is .08% BAC is a way to measure the amount of alcohol present in someone’s blood.  Driving with a BAC of over .08% is illegal, and it results in a charge of DUI. However, in Illinois, someone with a BAC between .05% Read More

Five Facts About Illinois Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

Those convicted of DUIs in Chicago will have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle after an arrest. 1. What Is An IID? An IID is a small machine which is connected to the steering column on a vehicle. A car that has an IID installed will not start unless the driver blows into the IID and is not intoxicated. Basically, the device is a breathalyzer that controls whether or not Read More

6 Facts About Theft In Chicago

There are lots of different kinds of theft.  Someone could steal a lighter from a gas station, steal someone’s car, or take money from their employer. While each type of theft is a little different, many theft charges in Chicago are lumped together under current laws. 1. Theft Of An item From A Retail Outlet Worth Less Than $500 Is A Class A Misdemeanor Stealing a pen worth $3 from an office supply store Read More

Do Illinois Sex Offender Laws Violate Citizen Rights?

Illinois has a series of statutes that force convicted sex offenders to register and prohibit them from certain activities and visiting some places. Now a group of sex offenders is challenging these laws accusing them of being too vague and indiscriminate. The Sun-Times reported how earlier this year, five sex offenders filed a lawsuit requesting a judge to halt the enforcement of Illinois’ sex offender Read More

Former Chicago Neo Nazi Fights White Hate Crimes

Hate crimes have never been far from the news headlines after the shocking events of Charlottesville in Virginia in August when neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protestors. The work of one former American white supremacist movement leader from Chicago provides an insight into how so-called alt right groups operate. The Chicago Tribune reported how nearly three decades ago, Christian Picciolini wrote racist Read More

Crimes Committed on Facebook Live Are More Prevalent

Video streaming on Facebook was created for people to share videos of their family members, pets and good times. Alarmingly, it is being used by more and more criminals to film violent crimes. In April, the killing of an elderly man in Cleveland in Ohio sparked fear, outrage and a national debate about social media. Police said the victim, Robert Godwin Sr., appeared to have been chosen at random so as his Read More

Fentanyl is on the front lines of the Drug War in Chicago

Opioid addiction has morphed into the most significant drug crisis seen in decades on the streets of America. The drug fentanyl is on the front line of this new drug war. Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller that’s typically prescribed. Dealers add it to heroin with devastating effects. The Chicago Tribune reported fentanyl was once a minor player in the drug crisis. However, the painkiller is 50 times more Read More

4 Areas That Are Not Protected Under Fourth Amendment Search And Seizure Laws

Most people are aware of places that are protected against warrantless searches and seizures, such as a person’s home or vehicle. It is also important to know which areas do enjoy protection in order to avoid unwanted government searches. 1. Trash It may seem odd to consider trash when it comes to searches and seizures.  Even though trash contains items that are thrown out, many people don’t consider the Read More

5 Types of Vehicle Searches in Chicago

While a personal vehicle seems like a place that should receive a high level of protection from government searches, it receives much less protection than a home and can be searched without a warrant under certain circumstances. 1. Search Incident to Arrest Generally, police should have a warrant to search personal property.  While a vehicle is personal property, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as Read More