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Do you understand your Miranda rights?

If you are a fan of cop shows, you may be able to recite the Miranda warning from memory. This is the advisement officers have a legal duty to give criminal suspects before beginning a custodial interrogation. The warning includes two elements: your right to remain...

Illinois’ laws on the use of force

The laws of each state make it possible to punish those who take a life, and like those laws, self-defense laws vary. Illinois does not have a Castle Doctrine statute that states that people may use reasonable force to defend themselves against an intruder. However,...