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July 2016 Archives

Proving that an attorney was ineffective

Citizens in Illinois and of the United States in general have the constitutional right to adequate legal representation in their defense to any allegations brought against them. This is true for both indigent people who rely on the services provided by public defenders as well as for people who are able to retain private lawyers.

School dean of discipline accused of selling heroin

On July 14, a former Chicago-area school employee was found guilty of distributing heroin and acquitted for one charge of possession of firearms in connection with a drug crime. The 44-year-old man was working as the dean of discipline at Joseph Academy in Des Plaines when he was taken into custody in 2013.

Congresswoman faces charges in charity fraud

Some Illinois residents may have heard about an elected official who has been indicted for fraud in connection to collecting money for a charity. Florida Rep. Corrine Brown allegedly used donations for the charity One Door for Education Foundation Inc. as a slush fund. Reportedly, she, her chief of staff and the president of the charity used the approximately $800,000 she raised for personal expenses.

5 facing drug charges in Illinois

Authorities in Macomb say that five local people were taken into custody on various drug charges on July 8. The individuals were apprehended as part of a warrant round-up, and authorities say that more people may be taken into custody. Specifically, three men ages 45, 48 and 51 were taken into custody on charges of being involved in a drug conspiracy.

Police claim Illinois man admitted to drinking before fatal crash

Prosecutors in Illinois have reported that the 29-year-old Chicago man involved in a fatal accident in the city's Auburn Gresham neighborhood during the early morning hours of July 3 may have been driving while drunk at the time. The man is said to have told police officers that he consumed half a pint of liquor before driving. One person was killed and another seriously injured when the man's minivan struck a tow truck at the intersection of West 78th Street and South Loomis Boulevard at approximately 4:30 a.m.

Invoking the rights explained in the Miranda warning

When police in Illinois suspect that a person has committed a crime, they are required to inform the person about their rights by giving them a Miranda warning. In the Miranda warning, a law enforcement official explains that an individual has the right to remain silent and have an attorney present at an interrogation.

Ride-sharing services may reduce drunk driving

Uber and other ride-sharing services are changing the concept of the "designated driver" in Illinois and nationwide, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The organization says ride-sharing smartphone apps are saving lives by making it easy for adults to get a safe, affordable ride home after drinking.

Search and seizure rules

Illinois residents should be aware of the limitations of police authority when it comes to search and seizure. United States citizens are entitled to privacy, but law enforcement authorities are allowed to search personal property under certain circumstances. Under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, police may conduct reasonable seizures and searches in cases where it is likely that a crime has occurred.