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How common are false confessions?

Last month, the Chicago Tribune reported on the use of polygraph examinations by the Chicago Police Department to get false confessions.  This shocking article tells of police tactics to intimidate and coerce false confessions by using a polygraph as a threat or claiming that the suspect failed.  Even more alarming are the signs that police do not …

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What Does a Warrant Really Mean?

Most people are quite familiar with the word “warrant.”  We can see the drama play out on popular TV shows when the police hastily get a judge to issue one so that the proverbial bad guy can be caught.  This fictional characterization of criminal law doesn’t really tell us what a warrant really is and …

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Can You Get Arrested for Sexting?

With the rapidly increasing world of technology and information, you are probably well aware of the many uses such devices and instant sharing are put to.  One of which is “sexting,” a practice so prevalent among teenagers the Illinois legislature made it illegal and likened it to transmitting child pornography in 2010 by adding sexting …

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Small businesses could face prosecution for crime based on legitimate tax disputes

The Illinois legislatures, concerned over reports that some small businesses, gas stations in particularly, were not paying in to the state sales tax money collected from customers on retail purchases, created a new crime of sales tax evasion. The offense is based on a finding that a person knowingly attempted “in any manner” to evade …

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Family Fugitive Concealment

Aiding family members charged with a crime now itself a crime in Illinois Illinois residents who have a family member charged with a crime should be aware that a new Illinois law which went into effect this year makes a variety of conduct carried out to assist that family member itself a crime. A Family …

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