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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, disorderly conductIn response to a disturbing video of two adolescents fighting while at school, which went viral after an onlooker posted a recording, Illinois representative Terry Brant introduced a bill that would criminalize the uploading of such videos. Under the new bill, posting recordings of violent or illegal situations on social media websites would constitute disorderly conduct and be punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.

Disorderly Conduct

To commit the offense of disorderly conduct under current Illinois law, a person must have knowingly committed any act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm another and to provoke a breach of the peace.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_swatting.jpgWith 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.

What Is Swatting?

Swatting is a criminal prank in which the perpetrator calls the police and falsely reports a dangerous situation. Generally, an offender reports that a violent crime has happened or is about to happen at a specific address, and often threatens further violence. The offender uses technology to mask where the call is actually coming from and makes it appear to the dispatcher as if the call is coming from the hoax victim’s address. When they get the call, law enforcement officers are dispatched, and police and SWAT teams descend upon the victim’s home.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_disorderly-conduct.jpgThe offense of disorderly conduct is broadly defined in Illinois, and charges can range from low-level misdemeanors to felonies. The purpose of the disorderly conduct statute is to maintain the public order and ensure that the public feels safe. While Illinois’s disorderly conduct statute covers many different offenses, from making bomb threats to peeping in windows to making false reports of domestic violence, the most common charges under the statute are for breaching the peace.

Breaching the Peace

To be convicted of disorderly conduct and breaching the peace, the prosecution must show that a defendant:

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Illinois defense lawyer, Illinios criminal attorney, violent crimes, A bill has passed in the Illinois General Assembly that would enhance protections under hate crimes legislation. It will add protections for transgender individuals and expand the definition of institutional vandalism. The bill passed both the House and the Senate without opposition, and awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.

Current Law

In Illinois, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits one of a list of crimes against another person because of one of several listed motivations, regardless of any other motivating factor. The crimes covered by Illinois’s hate crimes legislation are:

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