Archive, April 2015.

A former Carbondale pastor has been sentenced to six years in prison for identity theft and for stealing money from his church. The pastor stole approximately $100,000 in church funds for his personal use through an unauthorized loan, paying his rent with church money, and diverting church money to a checking account. He was charged with aggravated identity theft after opening a credit card account in a church member’s name without the member’s knowledge. The pastor got the member’s personal information from records kept by the church. He was discovered, after racking up $17,779.95 in …
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At a recent hearing of a state traffic safety task force, the Illinois State Bar Association proposed doing away with “hard time” license suspensions for drivers arrested for driving under the influence. The bar association instead pushed for the installation of ignition interlock devices, which test for alcohol on a driver’s breath, in offenders’ cars in place of the mandatory license suspension.Current LawCurrently, Illinois law provides for mandatory suspension periods for those convicted of DUIs. For a first offense, a driver who tests at over the legal limit will have his or her …
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A 29-year-old Woodstock, Illinois woman was recently arrested for offering sexual acts in exchange for money to an undercover police officer. At the time, two of her children were home. They have since been placed with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. An investigation into her activities began in October after complaints by neighbors about suspicious activity at her apartment. The Woodstock police and the McHenry County sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force carried out an operation in which an undercover officer met with the woman. The officer contacted her after she posted …
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In Illinois, court supervision is a desirable sentencing option, and is frequently the most desirable outcome other than an acquittal. Court supervision is generally available in most misdemeanor cases and for most traffic violations punishable only by a fine. It means that you can avoid being convicted as long as you comply with the conditions of the supervision.Court Supervision Ordered by JudgeA judge may order court supervision after a guilty plea or a guilty verdict at trial. It is available only for misdemeanor charges, and not for felonies. However, it is not available in all …
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