The announcement of criminal charges against members of the Roman Catholic clergy are no longer surprising, but such charges still stimulate feelings of shock and disappointment. The recent lodging of criminal charges against an associate priest in the Belleville Diocese will undoubtedly cause much consternation among his parishioners.
McDonald's drive-ins are popular places for parents and their children. On December 28, the McDonald's on Carlyle Avenue in Belleville also proved to be a popular place for two burglars who allegedly ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the restaurant. No suspects have been identified or arrested, but facts of the case could provide a fertile field for a criminal defense attorney.
Wrongful convictions and the imprisonment that follows can be the bane of any criminal justice system. In an effort to ameliorate the effects of the wrongful convictions of four men, The Chicago City Council recently approved a settlement with four men who were wrongfully convicted of rape and murder in 1994. The case represents a significant triumph for the criminal defense lawyers who represented the four men.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.