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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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May 27th, 2020

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 considered very polite, sometimes they spit as well. Even the police do these things. So, what exactly is the big deal? How can one of these relatively normal bodily functions ever be...

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May 14th, 2020

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 the person just wants to confirm that they will be able to do that. Well, unless the “they” that’s being referred to is the prosecutor, “they” can’t. Not even a judge can...

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May 6th, 2020

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 guilty, convict them, put them in jail, or otherwise exact the most severe punishment possible against all defendants. This is a common misunderstanding, although it is an understandable misunderstanding. It likely arises...

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April 27th, 2020

Can I Take Back my Guilty Plea?

You were charged with an offense, perhaps a petty traffic citation, local ordinance violation, or something more serious, such as a criminal misdemeanor or felony. For whatever reasons you had at the time, you entered a plea of guilty in the matter. Now, you have decided that was a mistake, that you are not satisfied...

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April 17th, 2020

How to Find Your Court Date - Part-3

Continuance court dates are usually very straight-forward in Illinois courthouses. For instance, If you go to court in Chicago and the Judge gives you a continuance, you usually leave with a slip of paper with your new date. Or sometimes, the court will send a postcard in the mail with a new date. But with...

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April 16th, 2020

How to Find Your Court Date – Part 2

Since sometime in March, counties in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, DeKalb, Will and other courts in Northern Illinois have closed their courthouses due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Most of these counties have extended their closure dates from mid-April and then once more to Mid-May. Whether the closures will again be extended through June...

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Written by Mitchell S. Sexner Last Updated : April 6, 2023