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DuPage County criminal defense attorney resisting arrest

Reports of suspects resisting arrest and dying in police custody have dominated the news lately. Some people may think that resisting arrest involves a physical altercation or talking back to a police officer. However, there can actually be many actions that qualify as resisting arrest, of which individuals may not even be aware. As in most states, this is considered a crime in Illinois, and the penalties are often steep. If you or someone you know is facing charges for resisting arrest, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected. 

Resisting Arrest Can Involve Many Acts

According to Illinois law, a person commits the crime of resisting arrest if he or she knowingly obstructs or disrupts a police officer, firefighter, or correctional facility employee from interfering with their official duties. However, the actual act of resisting or obstructing can be very broad and take many different forms. Therefore, is it a fairly common crime, resulting in thousands of arrests every year. 

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney sex crimes

Illinois takes criminal offenses seriously, and the state charges and prosecutes sexual offenses with stiff penalties. Just being accused of any type of sex crime can significantly impact a person’s personal reputation as well as his or her career, including the suspension or termination of professional licenses. Depending on the criminal act, a conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, as well as being required to register as a sex offender for the rest of the individual’s life. That is why it is imperative that you seek professional legal counsel if you or someone you know is facing such charges. A skilled criminal defense attorney can advocate for you by building a strong defense on your behalf.  

Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act

Under Illinois law, sex offender registration lasts for a period of 10 years, but it can also last much longer than that based on the nature of the crime or the age of the victim. According to the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, anyone who has been charged with a sex crime must register as a sex offender with the state of Illinois if any of the below factors apply to him or her:

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DuPage County child abuse defense attorney

One of the main duties parents have is to protect their children from any harm or danger, such as abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional). This can also include neglect, which means not meeting a child’s basic needs, such as providing him or her with adequate food, housing, or medical care. Abuse can also include excessive corporal punishment or leaving a child alone at home, at a park, or in a vehicle. That is why certain people are required by law to immediately report any suspected abuse or neglect of a person under 18 years of age to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Even if you are not a parent or legal guardian of a child, you still may be responsible for a child’s welfare if you are a caregiver for that child. 

What Is a Mandated Reporter?

While there are many Illinois laws regarding child protection and welfare, the most important one is the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA). Under this law, a wide array of professionals and other individuals are required to report suspected abuse or neglect if they witness it or have knowledge of it. A mandated reporter is a person who, as a result of his or her profession, is legally obligated to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the authorities. These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to stop any further abuse or neglect as soon as possible.

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Wheaton criminal defense and appeals attorney
According to some studies, approximately 10,000 innocent people are convicted every year in the United States. That is why there is a process in place to protect innocent people from human error in the criminal justice system. Post-conviction matters generally refer to the legal process that takes place once a defendant is convicted for a crime after going to trial. If a defendant has been found guilty, he or she can challenge a conviction or sentence. There are different legal actions one can take to protest a guilty verdict, such as filing an appeal or a federal “habeas corpus” proceeding. These matters are usually intended to exonerate the defendant, which means proving he or she is innocent. If you or someone you know is facing a jail sentence after being convicted of a crime, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you exercise your legal rights by filing an appeal or petitioning for post-conviction relief.

An Appeal Versus a Post-Conviction Petition

Direct appeals are limited to issues contained in the trial court record or the transcripts of the court proceedings. This can also include any documents filed in connection with the case. With a direct appeal, a defendant can only cite errors that are documented in the court record from the trial. If an error cannot be shown in the trial court record, it generally cannot be used in a direct appeal. 

In a petition for habeas corpus, a convicted party can raise doubts about the legality of his or her imprisonment. If the petition shows that the imprisonment warrants investigation, a judge may issue a writ of habeas corpus.

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Wheaton criminal record expungement attorney

Any criminal act is taken seriously in the state of Illinois. Charges can impact an alleged offender’s personal and professional life, even if they are eventually dropped or dismissed altogether. In some cases, being arrested can go on a person’s criminal record, even if he or she is not convicted of the crime. This can occur if someone finds him or herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is falsely accused. 

You may have heard the term “expungement” before, but what does it really mean in regard to someone’s criminal record? The state of Illinois offers eligible persons the chance to clear their criminal records and to receive the fresh start they deserve. 

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