Madelyn Daley
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Illinois traffic stop leads to felony charges

Traffic stops often lead to arrests and charges for more serious crimes. A prime example of this phenomenon occurred on November 19 when a Swansea police officer stopped a speeding car and allegedly smelled marijuana. The ensuing events might seem like a bonanza to a criminal defense attorney.

Police searching for shooter and motive in alleged murder case

A recent shooting death in East St. Louis is being investigated by both the East St. Louis Police Department and the Illinois State Police. The ISP was called in to assist the East St. Louis Police in investigating the crime. At the moment, the crime appears to present an opaque window to investigators, who have no suspect and no motive. If a suspect is identified and arrested, he or she may need the services of a capable criminal defense attorney.

Suspect arrested, charged with murder and robbery

On August 13, 2017, police received a call about gunshots fired near the Owens Housing Complex in East St. Louis. Officers found two gunshot victims in a Chrysler. The male in the driver's seat was dead, and the person in the passenger's seat was bleeding from several gunshot wounds. A suspect was finally arrested on November 6, 2017, but details of the crime and the police investigation remain sketchy. However, an experienced criminal defense attorney may find fertile ground for attacking the prosecution's case.

16-year-old boy charged with fatally shooting friend

Youthful adventure can rapidly become tragic, especially if handguns are involved. Two Belleville teenagers were allegedly trying to frighten the residents of a house on West Main Street by firing shots into the dwelling when one of them is alleged to have accidentally shot the other. Now, one of the boys is dead, and the other has been charged with his murder. A competent criminal defense attorney may be the suspect's only hope to avoid conviction for a major crime.

Major Case Squad to investigate possible homicide in Cahokia

In May 1965, the police departments in the Greater St. Louis Area created the Major Case Squad to investigate cases that are especially difficult. Generally, such cases demand greater investigative resources than those possessed by individual police departments. The Major Case Squad presently includes eight counties in Illinois, including St. Clair and Madison.

Belleville residents arrested on weapons charges

Recent episodes of gun violence involving automatic weapons have once again drawn the nation's attention to the fact that such weapons are available from a number of dealers, some lawful and some not. The recent arrest in Belleville of two men allegedly engaged in the sale of automatic weapons shows that local police are intent on enforcing the state's gun laws, and that persons who are charged with these violations may require a capable criminal defense attorney.

Conviction overturned after defendant serves entire sentence

Criminal defendants are usually happy when an appellate court reverses their convictions, but a Collinsville man may have had mixed feelings after his criminal conviction was reversed by an Illinois appellate court. His reception of the decision may have been lukewarm due to the fact that he had already served his entire sentence before the ruling was announced. The facts of the case and the grounds for reversal demonstrate again the wisdom of hiring a competent criminal defense counsel.

Prosecutors drop illicit video charges against spa owners

This blog makes frequent reference to the presumption that all criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This presumption was undoubtedly a factor in the recent decision of Madison County prosecutors to drop illicit video recording charges against the owners of a medical spa in Godfrey, IL. The aggressive representation of the defendants' criminal defense team also played an important role.

Police use blood trail to find alleged would-be robber

Belleville police have released a report describing how the resistance of a potential robbery victim and her son generated a blood trail that allowed police to identify and then arrest the alleged robber. The case began with a home burglary attempt in June 2017 and an arrest of the suspect in August 2017. At the present time, the evidence appears to heavily favor the prosecution and suggests that the suspect may need a competent criminal defense attorney.

Man charged with reckless homicide after fatal car accident

Prosecutors in Will County recently announced their decision to charge a man who allegedly killed a mother and her three children in a traffic accident with felony reckless homicide. The accident occurred in Beecher, Illinois, in July 2017. With a lot at stake in this case, the accused individual may require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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