Very rarely do authorities in Oswego happen upon a crime as it is being committed. Rather, it may be in the course of a routine traffic stop or investigating an alleged disturbance that they find evidence supporting extensive criminal activity. This often prompts the question of what authority do police officers have to search a home or a vehicle when there has been no prior indication that any criminal actions were related to it. More specifically, people often wonder in what situations would an officer require a warrant to conduct a search.
People in Illinois who find themselves facing a criminal conviction after being arrested may well be worried about how such a black mark on their record might impact their future. One area that a criminal record may impact is the ability to get a new job. However, it is possible to find a good job despite having a conviction in one's past.
Citizens of Illinois arrested for a crime may see the state confiscate their property, such as houses or cars, if the state believes that the owner of the property used it in the commission of a crime, even if the use was only tangential. However, the United States Supreme Court may decide to limit this process, known as civil asset forfeiture, on the grounds that it may violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects against excessive fines. Up until now, the prevailing opinion of the courts has been that the ban against excessive fines applies only to the federal government, not the states, when it comes to levying fines against property.
If you were involved in an Illinois incident that resulted in the death of another person, charges may be brought against you. Although the charge typically depends on the circumstances and evidence, in situations where the death was inadvertent, the charges may be involuntary manslaughter. At Mockaitis Law, we defend clients against charges of crimes against persons, also referred to as violent crimes.
If you have been arrested in Illinois and now face the prospect of enduring a trial to defend yourself against a criminal charge, you may understandably be scared and unsure of whether or not you want to experience this. These thoughts may make you want to investigate other options. A plea bargain is one option that may be available to you to avoid the time and cost of a full trial. However, whether or not this is the right thing for you to do may depend on a variety of factors.
Many Illinois residents know that there are conditions or factors that may impact a person's ability to process information correctly or to make appropriate decisions. This might happen due to a substance addiction but it may also be due to the fact that a person's natural mental state is somehow compromised. Mental illness is a serious problem for many people facing criminal charges and just how or when it is considered during the course of a defense might make a big impact in the outcome of a case and of a person's life.
In Illinois, when you get a parking ticket, you're expected to pay it within a certain amount of time. It can be a pain to deal with, especially when you weren't counting on additional expenses. But more importantly, it can have a serious effect on you if you don't pay it off.
If you’ve ever been arrested—even if you weren’t convicted, and even if your case was dismissed—you now have a criminal record. This is a black mark on your history which never expires. It shows up anytime someone runs a background check on you, and it can serve as an obstacle to getting a job, a loan or a lease.