Author Archives: lorilevin

Author Archives: lorilevin

Women’s History Month

This month is Women’s History Month. In order to acknowledge trailblazing women, I have been highlighting them on my professional Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/chicagodefense. So far, all of the posts have been about women who have excelled in the law. Some will be about others who have made a significant contribution. Please feel free […]

Monday, the Circuit Court of Cook County is Closed in Honor of Pulaski Day

The Circuit Court of Cook County will be closed on Monday, March 2, in honor of Casimir Pulaski Day. Who was Casimir Pulaski? He was a Polish nobleman who met Benjamin Franklin in Paris and was persuaded to help the American colonies in the Revolutionary War. He aided then General George Washington, Commander in Chief […]

Contacting Counsel Prior to Meeting with the Police Regarding Investigations

Please remember that when a police officer wishes to discuss and investigation of a crime with you or your child, you have a right to have counsel present. Very often, law abiding persons or parents believe that cooperating with law enforcement will be a benefit to them or their child. Many times, the person or […]

The Circuit Court of Cook County is Open Today

Please be aware that the Circuit Court of Cook County is open today. It is NOT closed due to the weather. Here is the link to the court’s website: https://www.cookcountycourt.org/. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601 [email protected] www.lorilevinlaw.com

Lori G. Levin Named a 2015 Illinois Super Lawyer

I am humbled and honored to announce that I have once again been named as a top attorney in the State of Illinois as a Super Lawyer. Only five per cent of attorneys in the state are given that designation each year. Super Lawyers chooses attorneys to receive that honor by using peer nominations as […]

Client Receives Clemency from Illinois Governor

Yesterday, one of my clients was granted clemency for a felony conviction received when he was a young man. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn granted 232 clemency petitions per the State Journal Register. The full list may be found in a link embedded in the article. https://www.sj-r.com/article/20150109/NEWS/150109532. It was a long and arduous process for my […]

Illinois’ Second Chance Probation Allows For New Beginnings

The New Year brings second chances. It is a perfect time to discuss Illinois’ Second Chance Probation, the sentencing opportunity statute that went into effect a year ago. The statute, which can be found at 730 ILCS 5/5-6-3.4 allows certain persons who have not previously been convicted of felony offenses and previously afforded specified diversionary […]

Federal report issued regarding education resources for juveniles in custody

When I was Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I worked on prisoner re-entry issues for the State of Illinois. One of the things that I discovered then, and know now as private defense counsel, was that resources in detention and prison towards education can make a difference when a young person […]

Retail Theft Under Illinois Law

With the retail “sale” season upon us, stores are more vigilant in apprehending persons for the offense of retail theft. As previously posted in this blog (/blog/consequences-of-inadvertently-failing-to-pay-for-groceries), a person commits the offense of retail theft under Illinois law “when he or she knowingly… takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away […]

New United States Department of Justice Report on Crimes Against the Elderly

Recently, the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice released a report “Crimes Against the Elderly, 2003-2013.” https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cae0313.pdf Some of the findings, which are based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, data from the Center for Disease Control and US Census Bureau are surprising. The report defined the elderly as […]

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