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Alternative sentencing in Chicago for nonviolent crimes

If you have committed a nonviolent crime, you do not need to automatically assume you will have to serve some jail time. Due to the overcrowding of jails and prisons, more alternative sentencing options are becoming available for certain offenders in Chicago.

Man charged with murder in deaths of Illinois teens

An unexpected death is always tragic, but that tragedy seems compounded when a young person is killed. If the death is a result of a criminal act, police and the community at large are often desperate to find someone to blame. However, a rush to action could result in mistakes. Illinois prosecutors will have to provide sufficient evidence in order to gain a conviction after a man was charged with murder after the death of two teenagers.

Teenager charged with murder after Illinois death

The mind performs in a mysterious way when it is under stress. For most people, witnessing a crime would be considered a major stressor which could impact the reliability of eyewitness testimony. While television shows often show a dramatic identification of a suspect by an eyewitness, such testimony is often found to be unreliable in real life. As a result, additional evidence may be necessary to secure a conviction. However, one Illinois teenager has been charged with murder in the death of a young woman based on a witness's identification.

2 men charged with murder in death of 16-year-old

Many people in this country are relatively comfortable boasting about the rights afforded to those who live here. Many of those rights deal with the treatment of those who face criminal charges, including those who are charged with murder. Two men in Chicago will likely work to ensure that their rights are upheld as they go through the criminal process after being charged with murdering a teenager.

4 years later, Chicago man charged with murder

All too often, news of a person's disappearance fills the evening news programs. It is a family's worst nightmare to have a missing relative whose whereabouts is unknown. Understandably, that person's friends and relatives want answers and justice if foul play is suspected. Recently, one Chicago man has been charged with murder almost four years after his girlfriend went missing and was discovered dead.

Alleged home invasion leaves 2 charged with murder in Chicago

Crimes happen all the time, and police work diligently to investigate criminal allegations and bring the perpetrators to justice. However, their focus on finding someone to blame can lead to incorrect accusations. For example, there are many questions to be answered after an alleged home invasion in Chicago apparently led to two deaths and left two people charged with murder.

2 teens charged with murder after Chicago shooting

The average teenager in America has a certain life. They generally go to school, do their homework and hang out with friends. Many work after school jobs or participate in extracurricular activities. However, Chicago police claim the alleged actions of two teenagers are anything but average. The two teens have now been charged with murder.

Chicago man charged with murder months after teenagers death

Emotions are often unruly. They are sometimes difficult to control, causing otherwise innocuous encounters to turn to violence. Unfortunately, a person who feels his or her life might be jeopardized by another’s actions may feel the need to react to the threat in self-defense. After a scuffle in Chicago involving a teenager, one man has now found himself charged with murder. However, it is unclear if they man may have been acting in self-defense or how the authorities were able to connect him to the murder.

Chicago teenager charged with attempted murder

In moments of stress and fear, events seem to blur. Time seems to simultaneously slow down and speed up, and certain events may seem unclear. Under such duress, it is unclear how reliable a person’s memory of exact events might be. A teenager, recently charged with attempted murder after a shooting in a Chicago neighborhood, may question the memory of victims or other potential witnesses in a shooting allegedly involving a group of people.

Man charged with murder based on Chicago witness

The human brain is a complex organ. While it is capable of many astounding feats, it is also susceptible to memory loss and other deficiencies. For example, the human mind might have problems recalling a face that it saw months prior. However, police officers in Chicago are relying on a witness’s memory of the events that led to one man being charged with murder as well as an earlier attack that has now led to additional 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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