The death of George Floyd and subsequent charges against four white Minneapolis police officers has sparked worldwide protests over systemic racism in the criminal justice system and brought renewed demands for reform. Floyd is the latest instance of African American men and women killed through police actions.
Most people's lives have dramatically changed since the invention of the iPhone and Android devices that hold our most intimate details, and gigabytes of other information. But the advance in technology has also led to these devices being used as potential sources of evidence for police.
Individuals who are accused of breaking the law risk significant penalties depending on the severity of the crime they commit. One of those crimes is theft.
There are many reasons that people go into other people's homes and on their properties. Usually it is because they are invited to enter for one of a variety of different reasons.. This, of course, is perfectly fine for people to do. However, if an individual enters onto another person's property or into their home without an invitation it can lead to serious consequences.
People in Illinois get into disagreements with others from time to time. It is a common part of life to not get along with everyone all the time. What is different, though, is how people resolve their disagreements. Some may just keep silent and keep everything inside. Others may want to talk about it or end up yelling at the other person. Some people resort to violence though and either threaten violence or in fact hit and harm the other people. If people choose to resolve their disagreement in that way, they could face assault and battery charges.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Illinois, you may face significant consequences depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Many drivers are subject to a license suspension, fines, community service and jail time. An effective DUI defense strategy is essential to protect yourself from these penalties.
Crimes against a person, or crimes involving offensive, unwanted touching, harassment or intentional bodily harm, will typically result in criminal charges in Illinois. Assault, battery, kidnapping, rape and harassment are all against the law and could result in significant jail time, probation, fines and other consequences upon conviction. Successfully defending against these serious charges may save you from these consequences and allow you to resume your normal life.
Our readers may have seen recent news articles that report that an Illinois Department of Corrections prison guard was recently charged with felony third degree domestic assault following the death of his new wife, who was also a prison guard. His bail was set at $100,000. The couple, who apparently had been married since May of this year, allegedly attended a Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. According to the man, he and his wife had argued during the game.
Under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20, using force or threat of force to commit a penetrative sexual act against someone else is considered sexual assault. The law also states that if someone commits a penetrative sexual act against another person, despite knowing that the other person does not have the ability to consent to the sexual activity. Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony in Illinois and can result in up to 15 years in jail upon conviction. A criminal conviction can also have a long-term affect one's future, particularly, for a young person who is just starting their career.
The issue of gun control remains a hot topic in the United States due to the thousands of firearm deaths that occur each year. In Illinois, only people who have a Firearm Owner's Identification card are permitted to own a firearm. To carry a concealed firearm, you must be granted an additional license to do so. State police will issue you a license if you are at least 21 years of age and have passed the requisite training course.