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August 2016 Archives

Weapons charges dropped against rapper Lil Durk

A nationally renowned rap star has been cleared of weapons infractions n Chicago. A police search of his domicile had turned up firearms that the man would not have been able to legally possess because of probation laws, but a judge's ruling caused the prosecution to drop the charges against him.

The consequences of complicity

Illinois residents should understand the concept of complicity and how it can affect them if they are associated with the commission of a crime. Complicity, aiding and abetting, or assisting or encouraging someone to perform a crime is illegal even though the accomplice did not actually take part in its commission. In fact, an accomplice can be subject to the same punishment as the actual perpetrator.

Indictment of alleged Latin Kings gang members

Sixteen men were indicted in Illinois on 96 felony charges after a three-year investigation into alleged drug dealing. The indictment was unsealed on Aug. 12 after seven of the men were taken into custody in Aurora on Aug. 11. Seven of the men were already in custody before the search warrants were executed, and authorities are still seeking two of the men who were indicted for the felonies.

Penalties for traffic violations in Illinois

Getting traffic tickets in Illinois is more than just an annoyance. Traffic tickets may result in substantial fines, the accumulation of points and higher insurance rates. Some traffic offenses may also result in jail sentences. People who accumulate too many points against their license may also face a suspension of their driving privileges.

Study finds Uber doesn't reduce drunk driving fatalities

Illinois readers may be interested to learn that ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft do not reduce drunk driving fatalities, according to a study. The results, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in July 2016, counter a key benefit Uber promotes about its business.

Hardships of prosecuting white-collar crime

Those interested in white-collar criminal matters in Illinois might like to know about the ideas discussed in a book by Samuel Buell, who lead the Enron Task Force in the U.S. Justice Department. The law professor at Duke University discusses various shortcomings of the white-collar justice system.

Trade secrets and criminal law

In July 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit confirmed that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Economic Espionage Act protect trade secrets from being divulged by former employees in Illinois and around the country. These federal laws allow employers to protect trade secrets through both criminal and civil means.

Man sentenced to 3 years after pleading guilty in DUI case

A 36-year-old Illinois man has been sentenced to a prison term of three years in connection with a 2015 drunken driving accident in Chicago that claimed the life of his 29-year-old girlfriend. The sentence was handed down after the man entered a plea of guilty to a felony DUI charge July 19. He will be given credit for the 235 days he spent in the Cook County Jail and will serve two years of supervised release after completing his custodial sentence.