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What to expect if you find yourself under federal investigation

Criminal investigators work out of various agencies of the federal government. Their work primarily involves obtaining evidence a prosecutor can use in an upcoming case.

If you anticipate an investigation, or if an investigator or officer has already appeared at your home or office, what can you expect?

Keeping up with technology to support your felony defense

If you stand accused of a crime, you will want a tight case that works in your favor. Modern technology can provide a framework to help you win.

Today, the legal system utilizes a wide variety of technological innovations, and experienced criminal defense attorneys must keep abreast of advancements.

A 2017 incident that illustrates false arrest by a police officer

In 2017, a Joliet, IL, resident filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a police officer and the City of Joliet on the grounds of false arrest.

The plaintiff also claimed that she had been unlawfully detained. In 2018, the case was dropped and she received a settlement, but it came with certain conditions attached.

A Chicago case shows strong local focus on healthcare fraud

In 2015, James Ademiju, a Chicago area registered nurse, was arrested on healthcare fraud charges.

Simultaneously, joint law enforcement agencies under the auspices of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force began a search of the healthcare companies implicated in the criminal complaint against Ademiju.

Understanding the differences between appeals and writs

The United States justice system is complex, and anyone involved with the law will tell you that it is not perfect.

However, someone convicted of criminal wrongdoing has the right to protest the decision and even the sentencing. This is often done through the appropriate appeal or writ.

Can a drug conviction impact financial aid eligibility?

When your son or daughter leaves to attend college for the first time, you undoubtedly hope he or she values the morals you instilled and make smart decisions despite you not being there to offer guidance. Unfortunately, though, many young students start to experiment with drugs or alcohol during the college years. In some cases, doing so can lead to serious long-term repercussions.

In addition to penalties your child may face from the criminal justice system following a drug-related criminal conviction, he or she can also face consequences that come from other, outside sources. For example, a drug conviction has the capacity to make your child lose his or her federal financial aid eligibility.

Picking a jury for your Illinois criminal case

If you face state criminal charges, you are likely to feel a loss of control. After all, you may have had to deal with both investigators and prosecutors who have a job to do. Eventually, you may have to put your fate in the hands of a jury of 12 of your peers. 

In the United States, criminal defendants have some say in which individuals appear on a jury. That is, your defense attorney has an opportunity to ask potential jurors certain questions. He or she may also remove some jurors who may be apt to convict you. In the leadup to your case, you should understand how jury selection works. 

Why do innocent people confess to crimes?

In theory, the criminal justice system exists to punish those who commit offenses. Unfortunately, it does not always work out this way. Innocent people often end up with criminal records. One way this happens is by false confessions. In fact, about 30% of wrongful convictions overturned because of DNA evidence involve false confessions. 

The idea of an innocent person confessing to a criminal offense may sound strange, but it happens frequently and for understandable reasons. Here are some explanations behind wrongful confessions. 

Common robbery defenses

Receiving a conviction for robbery in Illinois can have severe consequences for the defendant. All forms of robbery are felonies according to the Illinois criminal code. Whether someone faces charges for "plain" or "armed" robbery, he or she is looking at potentially thousands of dollars in fines and multiple years in prison. 

But not all robbery cases end with a prosecution. If the defendant can successfully challenge the charges, the case may end in an acquittal or lesser charge. Here are some common ways to defend against robbery charges. 

Common ways to defend against drug possession charges

Criminal charges for drug possession are serious in Illinois. From cocaine and heroin to marijuana and opioids, you may face jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and restricted access to student aid. Being convicted of drug possession may alter your life forever. Even once you are out of jail, it may impact your reputation and career. 

But just because the police handcuff you and prosecutors bring charges against you does not necessarily guarantee things will end in a conviction. There are plenty of possible strategies for challenging drug possession charges, depending on the details of your situation. Here is a look at some of the most common defenses for drug charges. 

Notable Results

  • Accusation: Attempt First Degree Murder
  • Facing: 30 years in prison at 85%
  • Result: Post-conviction petition granted
  • Accusation: Solicitation of a Prostitute, Obstructing Justice, Battery
  • Facing: 365 days in jail, loss of legal residence
  • Result: All charges but battery dropped, one year expungeable supervision
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