Recent Blog Posts

Pursuing relief from a criminal record

Frequently, I am asked questions regarding the Illinois clemency process, which can be long and arduous. Many times, a petition to expunge or seal may be the appropriate recourse. Expungement or sealing may not be available by law but petitioning for a certificate of good conduct or certificate of relief from disabilities may be appropriate […]

Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System

Since my days as a student at Georgetown University Law Center and its Criminal Justice Clinic, I have spent a great deal of time working on the issue of the mentally ill within the criminal justice system. Although I will not be able to attend this program, I am happy that GULC is sponsoring what […]

No refusal weekend in Du Page County

If you plan to drive in Du Page County, Illinois this weekend, please be aware of these extreme measures that will be in place.

Illinois Appellate Court Affirmed Finding of Probable Cause to Arrest Based on Repeatedly Yelling One Word

On July 27, 2011, the Illinois Appellate Court’s First District issued a corrected opinion in People v. Neal (No. 1-09-2814), that a person standing on a street corner repeatedly yelling the word “blows” was properly subject to an arrest for a Chicago ordinance violation and property subjected to a custodial search which uncovered heroin. […]

Trends in Illinois Felony Sentencing Illustrate the Need for Good Representation

The recent statistics published by the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council in its research briefing, “Illinois Felony Sentencing: A Retrospective,” show how many individuals are becoming statistics in the criminal justice system. The report found that despite reductions in reported Illinois crime from the early 1990s through 2008, the number of persons on probation, […]

Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training.

In an effort to avert safety issues and limit use of force in dealing with mentally ill persons in crisis, in 2005 the Chicago Police Department developed Crisis Intervention Training. Based on a model developed by the Memphis Police Department in the 1990s, officers volunteer for the 40 hour specialized training which is conducted by […]

Drug Users Benefit from Sheridan Correctional Center Programs

One of the most pressing problems in the criminal justice system is how to end the recidivism cycle for those persons who are drug dependent and commit crimes. As Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I was privileged to participate in the Governor’s working group addressing prisoner re-entry issues. The reopening of […]

Illinois Supreme Court reiterates no right to jury trial for juvenile sex offenders

On June 30, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court reiterated that juveniles charged with sex offenses are not entitled to a jury trial. In re Jonathon C.B. (Slip Opinion 107750), the Court ruled that although juveniles are guaranteed the right to counsel, the right to confront witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses, to remain silent and adequate notice, […]

New location

I am pleased to announce that the firm has relocated to 180 North LaSalle, Suite 3700, Chicago. The new offices are conveniently located across the street from the Thompson Center, a transportation hub. The new location will better service clients.

More on human trafficking and women offenders

The international human trafficking problem continues to explode, as these statistics illustrate: Although the article states that the United States is holding to its baseline, that goal is little comfort to the women and girls who are enmeshed in the system. As I have previously indicated, the excellent research staff of the Illinois Criminal […]

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