A proposed court ruling that would make it state law for minors 17 and under to be charged as minors even in felony cases has been proposed, according to a recent report. Illinois state law currently deals with juvenile crime somewhat more seriously, charging 17-year-old offenders as adults in the case of felony crimes. However, many individuals see this law as unfair and are working to change it.
The tragic death of an 18-year-old Edwardsville man has led officials to lay charges against a young woman they allege gave drugs to the victim. The 19-year-old Pierron woman is currently in custody in Madison County, awaiting trial for the drug charges. If she is convicted on the homicide drug charge, she could face jail time of up to 30 years.
Acting on a tip, Illinois police recently secured a search warrant and raided a home where they reportedly uncovered a significant drug stash. Two people are now facing criminal charges as a result of the alleged drug crime. Both were taken to a local jail and were held there as of the latest report.
A famous baseball player has been arrested for drunk driving in the state of Illinois. Carlton Fisk, the Hall of Fame catcher, was arrested after police spotted him sleeping inside of his vehicle. The man not only faces drunk driving charges, but also other misdemeanors related to the incident.
Could Illinois crime labs be infringing upon the legal rights of individuals accused of criminal conduct in our state? That is the question that some people may be asking after disclosure of alarming backlogs at the labs. These backlogs delay criminal proceedings and may lead to legal claims that the rights of those who are facing a felony charge or other criminal proceedings could be in jeopardy.
An Illinois man is facing criminal charges after a routine traffic stop. He was traveling in early morning hours on a recent Saturday when he was stopped by a sheriff's deputy who noticed the man's rear license plate light was not functioning. The traffic stop led to the man being charged with a drug crime, which could have serious ramifications if he is unable to avoid conviction.
Many Illinois residents are familiar with the case of Drew Peterson, the man accused of murdering his third wife. He is facing a felony charge concerning the recent accusations against him and remains a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. Although the man is facing an arduous legal battle, he remains entitled to the same presumption of innocence that protects all individuals charged with a crime in our state.
A homeless man faces a felony charge after being accused of several home burglaries. The 35-year-old man has been arrested and was being held at the Madison County Jail. His bail was set at $150,000. Police claim he is responsible for burglaries outside of Edwardsville and other areas within the county. The felony charge involves several incidents, the first of which dates back to the end of June.
Almost every parent has experienced that heart-stopping moment when they look around and notice they no longer see their child. Just leaving a child out of sight for mere moments can sometimes result in tragic consequences. For one couple, it also resulted in a felony charge. Investigators accuse an Edwardsville couple of intentionally leaving their child unsupervised. He was later found floating in a small lake on Cherokee Trail.
Illinois police believe that a man accused of a drunk driving accident has lied to them in order to escape criminal punishment. The crash occurred last year near the town of Alhambra. Investigators interviewed one of the occupants of the cars involved in the crash and were told there was another man driving the car who ran away from the scene of the accident. When the man was taken to the hospital, his blood alcohol level allegedly tested at 1.4 percent, leading investigators to charge him with drunk driving.