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Driving under the influence of alcohol: a summary of Illinois law

December 22, 2013
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While driving under the influence is a misdemeanor offense, the consequences may be more serious than a felony. This is because a conviction has additional penalties not seen for other crimes. A conviction for DUI results in a revoked driver’s license. And a revoked license can, hypothetically, last forever. The offense of DUI is codified […]

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Investigative alerts allow Chicago police to make false arrests without warrants or probable cause

March 6, 2013
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With the help of local media, the public is learning more about a dubious practice by the Chicago Police Department of making warrantless arrests based on questionable information. The Tribune reported the story of Frank Craig, an Army veteran who sued the City of Chicago for his arrest in 2006. Police officers arrested him inside […]

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Overview of the federal grand jury

February 8, 2011
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The purpose of the grand jury is to decide whether criminal charges should be filed against an individual. Grand jurors are selected for duty in much of the same way as jurors who sit on criminal trials. Each juror receives a summons to appear for jury duty and then, after questioning on their impartiality, they […]

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Seizure of bank records with federal search warrant

October 15, 2010
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A search warrant is the most powerful tool belonging to law enforcement during the investigation of a crime. The United States government will seek a search warrant for any place or property if there is probable cause to believe it is connected to a federal criminal offense. A search warrant is obtained by filing a […]

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The role of a special grand jury in United States District Court

October 14, 2010
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A grand jury serves basically one purpose, to determine whether there is probable cause that a federal criminal offense has been committed. If the grand jury indicates that there is probable cause, a person or organization will be indicted. The process of indictment by grand jury involves a hearing before the grand jury in secret […]

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