How is a Person Charged with a Crime in Illinois?

There are only three ways a person can be charged with a crime or offense in Illinois. Illinois law provides that a prosecution...

The Crime of Looting in Chicago

Recently, I spoke to a person who had recently been charged with a theft arising out of the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations...

When Can I Resist the Police?

You are just minding your own business when all of a sudden, you are being confronted by a police officer, displaying a badge,...

Holy Misdemeanor Batman!

Keeping the streets of Gotham devoid of criminals is undoubtedly hard work because for some reason, criminals (and especially arch-criminals) have always been...

Can You be Accountable For Another's Crime?

Consider the following. You and your friend Bill decide to drive to the University of Illinois Chicago campus to check it out. You...

Arrested During a Chicago Police Demonstration?

The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota Police officers during an arrest have sparked nationwide demonstrations in cities across...

Police Chokeholds Banned by Most Departments

Since at least 2012, what is commonly referred to as a chokehold has been banned by the Chicago Police Department, although prior to...

Since When is it a Crime to Cough?

People cough every day, potentially dozens of times a day. People also tend to sneeze from time to time and although it’s not...

Who Can “Drop the Charges”?

Many times, someone will say that they heard that the victim of their criminal or traffic case intends to “drop the charges” and...

What’s the Prosecutor’s Job?

Many people believe that it is the job of a prosecutor to fight as hard as he or she can to prove everyone...