Archive, December 2016.

Homicide is the intentional killing of another person, though it is certainly possible to be charged with homicide even if the defendant did not intend to kill anyone (such as during a burglary or kidnapping). However, manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another person, aside from in self-defense. Manslaughter can be charged as voluntary or involuntary in Illinois, and both can have tremendous penalties. Motor vehicle collision deaths have been going up over the past two years, and drivers who take reckless actions are one of the driving causes of the upward trend in fatalities. As …
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Fentanyl is a level II prescription drug used to treat patients who are recovering from surgery or those with chronic pain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Increasingly, however, fentanyl is used for recreational purposes. It works by binding opioid receptors in the brain and increasing serotonin levels, bringing on a state of calm euphoria. Fentanyl, which is a pain killer 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, is similar to other opioid pain medications in that it is incredibly addictive. And, overdoses are becoming ever more common due to pharmaceutical companies …
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Many people claim that seeing is believing. In fact, more and more research over the past decade has shown that what someone witnesses in the heat of the moment, such as a crime taking place, is often remembered incorrectly. An eyewitness who claims that the shooter was six-foot three, 200 pounds, caucasian, and 30 years old, may have come up with that description in their head after the fact. They may have only been looking at the gun. According to Kent State University of Ohio psychologist Maria Zaragoza, when a weapon is present, people focus on the weapon, not a person’s face or what …
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Driver’s license suspension and revocation are punishments for certain kind of crimes in Illinois, One of the most common reasons for someone to lose their driver’s license is due to a DUI. If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you are likely anxious to get it back. However, there are steps that you need to take in order to have it reinstated. If your license has been suspended or revoked in Illinois, you should contact a skilled driver’s license reinstatement attorney to help you get it back without undue delay.
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A statute of limitations is the amount of time that the government has to prosecute someone for a crime. Statutes of limitations are in place to protect defendants in three ways. First, exonerating evidence may disintegrate over time and witnesses may become unavailable. Second, especially for minor crimes, there should be a period of time where the defendant no longer has to worry about being prosecuted. For example, the government recognizes that a 40-year-old should not be prosecuted for a minor shoplifting incident that happened when they were 18. Finally, if the government has a case …
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