July 2016 Archives

The right to adequate representation

Anyone, including Illinois residents, who becomes a defendant in the United States' criminal judicial system is entitled to adequate legal representation. Defendants must be provided with adequate counsel whether they are able to pay for it or not. It is a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial when it can be demonstrated that a defendant did not receive adequate representation in a criminal trial or on appeal.

Sexual assault defenses in Illinois

It can be frightening for a person to be charged with committing a sexual assault in Illinois. The potential consequences if a person is convicted of such offense may be very severe. Fortunately, there are a number of defenses that may be raised against sexual assault allegations. The appropriate defense will depend on the relevant facts of an individual case.

Sexting and the potential for criminal prosecution

Sexting involves transmitting photographs or sending suggestive statements via text messaging or social media usually using cell phones. While doing so is generally not illegal, it is under Illinois child pornography law when the images involve depictions of minors.

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