Archive, February 2014.

Any criminal charge--even a misdemeanor--on a person’s record, can have a highly detrimental effects on their ability to get a job, receive special licenses, qualify for certain loans, or otherwise enjoy important life opportunities. People frequently have to live with the consequences of actions that took places many years (or even decades) ago because they remain on their public record.
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In early February three children and five adults “were injured in a two-car crash in the South Side’s Fuller Park community,” according to the Chicago Tribune. There was at least one car and one minivan involved in the crash, and 29-year-old Robin Sewell is being held in connection with the crash. She “was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and disregarding a traffic control signal,” reports the Tribune. One of the children injured is seven years old; ages of other younger children have not yet …

In the summer of 2012, Carly Rousso, a 19-year-old woman from Highland Park, allegedly huffed some chemicals and got behind the wheel. The result of her recklessness was the death of a 5-year-old girl, Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento. Rousso’s case has been widely publicized and contested because the chemical agent Rousso allegedly huffed isn’t technically categorized as an intoxicating substance, according to the Chicago Tribune. This technically is one reason that Rousso’s lawyers are asking prosecutors to dismiss the case against Rousso. Instead of Rousso having to face a charge of …