Archive, May 2017.

Aiding, abetting, and being an accessory to a crime can result in a serious prison sentence depending on the type of crime the other person committed. If you helped another person commit a crime, you will likely face criminal charges yourself. However, if you were simply in the room when your friend assaulted someone and robbed them, and you had no part in it, you did nothing wrong.
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Torture and mutilation are horrendous crimes in most people’s minds. However, movie scenes of medieval torture dungeons or psychopathic surgeons performing perverse procedures are not the only kind of mutilation in which a person can be charged. Far lesser offenses can fall under this category--offenses that many people are not even aware are illegal. Under Illinois statute 720 ILCS 5/12-10, the following acts are unlawful and fall under Illinois’ mutilation code.
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A Virginia college student was killed by a hammer in a recent track and field event, according to the BBC. However, the person who threw the hammer is not facing criminal charges. This begs the question, if a crime is not determinant solely on outcome, what else is at play?
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Prison crowding is a problem in virtually every state, including Illinois. The cost of incarceration is incredibly high, and some believe that certain crimes are too harshly punished in the state of Illinois. One of those laws may be changed in the near future, as House Bill 337 proposes to change felony theft from stealing over $500 in property to over $2,000, according to Fox Illinois News.
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Illinois’ laws surrounding alcohol and driving can be confusing, especially for residents who have lived out of state in the past, as each state has its own set of specific rules regarding alcohol. For instance, it is illegal to drive with an open container of alcohol in the state of Illinois. Illinois is one of 40 states that has such laws, while seven states have laws that prohibit only the driver, and not the passenger, from drinking while in a motor vehicle. Various other states do not have open container laws at all.
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