August 10th, 2020

Mandatory Insurance Laws in Illinois – Part 2

If you did not read part 1, you can find that information here. What Will Happen to me in Court? Typically, if this is your first instance of this traffic offense, our legal team will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor and get you just a small fine and a sentence of supervision, which...

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August 4th, 2020

Mandatory Insurance Laws in Illinois – Part 1

Every city in Illinois, from Chicago to Arlington Heights to Joliet is governed by the State’s Mandatory Insurance laws. Basically, the Illinois Secretary of State trusts that its citizens are in compliance and have valid insurance on their vehicles that meet basic policy limits. Normally, our DMV (Illinois Secretary of State) doesn’t take part in...

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July 7th, 2020

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 may be commenced by complaint, information or indictment. That’s it. Well, if you count local ordinance tickets there are four ways. But tickets are just a type of complaint. What is a...

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June 30th, 2020

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 in the Chicago area. Despite the city’s nonviolent protests, he was part of a group that unfortunately took the opportunity to loot businesses, rather than engage in peaceful protest. What happened in...

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June 25th, 2020

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, asserting their authority, and commanding you to comply. “Wait a minute--isn’t this America? Do I not have rights under the Constitution?” The answer is yes, of course you have rights; but resisting...

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June 15th, 2020

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 drawn to this urban enclave. It may be due to the historically low rents for the many available abandoned factories that dot the city. These rental units seem to be the perfect...

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June 8th, 2020

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 agree to drive because Bill does not have a car. On the way there, you stop at the Sac-O-Suds convenience store to pick up some snacks. Because you are good citizens who...

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June 4th, 2020

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 America, including the City of Chicago. Most demonstrations here started out peacefully with most citizens taking to the streets to express their point of view. But while the majority of Chicagoans obeyed...

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June 1st, 2020

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 that, the maneuver was once taught in the Chicago Police Academy. A variety of other holding techniques are authorized by the CPD for the purpose of restraining subjects which include wristlocks and...

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