May 22nd, 2023

What Does a Prosecutor Do?

We have seen them on TV shows, movies, and in newspapers but few people understand the full role of a prosecutor in the criminal justice system. We will look at Cook County and the Cook County States Attorney Office, which represents a common lay out of prosecutor offices across the United States. The Cook County...

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May 12th, 2023

What is an Indictment?

It is hard to miss former President Donald Trump’s name in the news nowadays – with indictments and legal troubles seeming to mount from all sides. With headlines blaring “Mr. Trump indicted,” and “District Attorney Alvin Bragg files indictment against Mr. Trump,” it is easy to get caught up in the legal jargon. So, what...

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May 3rd, 2023

Can a Judge Reduce my Court Costs?

For many criminal and traffic clients, a waiver of criminal court assessments may be the first stroke of luck they have with criminal courts (a “waiver” is when the Judge agrees to forgive or ignore some of your fees).  The U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 12.1 percent of Illinoisians are experiencing poverty, which translates into...

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April 10th, 2023

To Flee or Not to Flee? (That is the Question)

Sometimes when a police car turns on their lights to pull someone over, they choose not to stop. Generally, not a great idea, but people refuse to pull over for a variety of reasons, including: They have drugs in their car; They have guns or other weapons in their car; They are intoxicated or under...

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March 20th, 2023

What is Junk Science?

“Junk science” is a method or test that has little or no actual support in the scientific community. Nevertheless, the prosecutors in counties across Illinois, including Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will as well as the FBI rely on junk science to prosecute many of their cases. The State will even use junk science...

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January 17th, 2023

New Illinois Criminal and Traffic Laws for 2023

With 2023 officially upon us, over 180 new laws are going into effect in Illinois. A few of these laws will have an impact on criminal and traffic cases. Some of these laws will also effect people currently incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections and County Jail. This article provides a brief summary of...

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January 10th, 2023

Last Minute Changes to the Illinois SAFE-T Act

The SAFE-T Act has been hailed by some as an end to an oppressive cash bail system that criminalizes poverty. Others have called it a “purge law” that will release dangerous criminals into the street and render police powerless to aid their communities. Major parts of the controversial SAFE-T Act are set to take effect...

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November 13th, 2022

Why Do People Want to Steal my Catalytic Converter?

When your car burns fuel to run, it produces harmful toxins which are released into the environment. A catalytic converter is a metal device attached to the bottom of your car which makes those harmful toxins… less harmful. A catalytic converter also helps the car run more efficiently. Seems simple, right? The only problem is,...

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October 31st, 2022

New Cannabis Enforcement Issues on the Horizon

Illinois became the first state in 2019 to decriminalize the sale of cannabis. Illinois was also the first state to do so through the legislature and not a ballot initiative. The Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act of 2020 allowed adults over the age of 21 to legally purchase “recreational” marijuana from dispensaries. When this law...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : April 26, 2023