Section Newsletter Articles on Criminal Law
, November 2012
In People v. McKinney, Defendant pled guilty to burglary based on the erroneous advice of counsel. The issue before the appellate court was whether Defendant was entitled to withdraw his plea and pursue his request for admission to the program.
, August 2012
A summary of The People ex rel. James W. Glasgow, Petitioner, v. Gerald R. Kinney, Judge, Respondent.
A quick guide to the DNA database law in Illinois and the 2012 updates
, June 2012
Pursuant to 730 ILCS 5/5-4-3, a person convicted of, found guilty of, or who received a disposition of court supervision for, a qualifying offense or attempt of a qualifying offense shall be required to submit a specimen of blood, saliva, or tissue to the Illinois Department of State Police.
, March 2012
Recent cases of interest to criminal law practitioners.
, November 2011
Recent cases of interest to criminal attorneys.
, June 2011
A summary of recent cases of interest to criminal law practitioners.
Crimes involving moral turpitude: Do attempts count?
International and Immigration Law
, June 2011
Section 237(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act covers convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude but it does not expressly include attempt offenses.
So your client has given you physical evidence of a crime…
Traffic Laws and Courts
, May 2011
On the one hand, the delivery to the attorney is a communication which the attorney is required to protect. (Rule 1.6) However, an attorney is not to unlawfully obstruct another party’s access to evidence. (Rule 3.4) How is this conflict resolved? The courts of Illinois do not appear to have directly addressed this.
, April 2011
Recent decisions affecting criminal law in Illinois.
, December 2010
A look at the recent Illinois Supreme Court case of People v. Phipps.
Victim-offender mediation: An alternative
, September 2010
During Victim-offender mediation, the victim has an opportunity to confront the offender and explain to the offender the effect of the crime on the victim’s life. The offender gets to see first-hand the effect of his actions on another person and to take responsibility for what he has done.
, August 2010
A look at the case of People v. Bridgewater, 235 Ill.2d 85 (2009).
The fine vs. fee conundrum
, August 2010
What are the differences between a fine and a fee, and why do those differences matter?
, June 2010
Recently decided criminal cases.
, May 2010
What is expungement good for? Such records are not available to employers through the official channels and, perhaps more importantly, it is illegal under the Illinois Human Rights Act for an employer to consider any criminal history information which has been ordered expunged or sealed.