Archive, September 2015.

A DuPage County man was recently indicted on theft and tax fraud charges for allegedly stealing over $391,000. The man, who managed a tobacco shop in Glendale Heights, is alleged to have understated his sales tax liability by filing fraudulent sales tax returns between August 2011 and July 2014. He has been charged with theft of government property, sales tax evasion, filing a fraudulent sales tax return, and wire fraud.
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First-time criminal convictions can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. It can become much more difficult to obtain employment, housing, and education. Fortunately, in Illinois, certain first-time drug offenders are eligible for a probation program that, if completed successfully, results in the conviction being vacated.
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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new bill to address the issue of the use of force by police officers. Among other provisions, the law sets statewide standards for police body camera use, expands police officer training, requires an independent investigation of all deaths in which an officer was involved, bans chokeholds, and creates a database of all officers fired or resigned because of misconduct.
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With advances in technology, there are more ways to harass victims and commit crimes. One of these ways is called swatting, in which perpetrators trick emergency response personnel into responding to false reports, in order to scare their victims.
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Sexting means sending sexually explicit images, specifically through electronic means. Generally, consenting adults are free to send sexually explicit images of themselves or other adults. But when teenagers sext, they commit a criminal offense. This is because they are exchanging sexually explicit photos of children.
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