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Additional Illinois criminal offenses now eligible for record sealing

Previously, I have posted on issues pertaining to the expungement of criminal records in Illinois. /2/category/expungement/1.html. Short of expunging criminal records, some cases may be eligible for sealing. Sealed records may not be viewed by the public; law enforcement has access to such records, however. Recently, under Public Act 098-0142, the Criminal Identification Act was […]

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority issues National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking

As the former Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I continue to provide links to the excellent research conducted by the staff of that hard-working state agency. Recently, the authority published a report on a National Survey of Residential Programs for the Victims of Sex Trafficking. Sex trafficking is an important national […]

Study on police behavior during traffic and street stops

Frequently, in criminal and juvenile court, defense attorneys challenge the decision that law enforcement had probable cause to stop and search persons who are in their cars or on the street. Recently, the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics released a study regarding the frequency of such stops and the impressions of […]

Columbus Day Holiday

Happy Columbus Day! Even though the Circuit Court of Cook County will be closed in observance of the holiday, this law office will be open. Please feel free to contact us should you be in need of our services. Enjoy the holiday! Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL […]


Today, I agreed to mentor a young lawyer through the John Marshall Law School. Yesterday, I agreed to be an alumni interviewer through the Georgetown University Law Center. I have done both before. I am paying it forward, honoring those who have helped me. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 […]

Cook County Sheriff Providing New Resources for Mentally Ill Inmates

The Cook County Department of Corrections through the Sheriff’s newly established Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy has established a 24 hour hotline for mentally ill inmates’ family members as well as former inmates coping with mental illness who need to secure services. As I know, from my long career as a defense attorney, […]

Wonderful email of appreciation from former client

This morning, I received the following email from a former client who I successfully defended. It read: ” ‘ It’s in spirit, nor form of justice that keeps law alive.’ ” You definitely have passion and spirit for justice and your job. It speaks highly of you and the job that you perform. I can’t […]

Labor Day Weekend

Please enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. Whether you are enjoying a family cook-out, going to the beach or attending a ballgame, please celebrate responsibly. Have a great transition to fall. Please enjoy yourself but follow the law. Drinking and driving can cause needless problems. Please be responsible. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 […]

Liberally quoted in Illinois Bar Journal on Continuing Legal Education

As the immediate past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, I was widely quoted in last month’s Illinois Bar Journal article on the free continuing legal education offered by the ISBA. The inception of free CLE came about during my tenure of chair of the committee. The article […]

Consequences of inadvertently failing to pay for groceries

Recently, I have been contacted by a number of persons who have become distracted while paying for groceries and have inadvertently left an item on their grocery cart and left the store without paying for it. At least one high end grocery store appears to have a policy of not allowing patrons to pay for […]

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