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November 2016 Archives

Can DNA evidence be compromised?

If you watch courtroom and crime dramas, you may notice that DNA evidence is often portrayed as undisputable. In real-life criminal trials, however, the stakes are higher than ever, making it absolutely critical that DNA evidence is properly collected, transported, stored and otherwise protected throughout the process.

Prison sentence rendered after murder conspiracy conviction

Two members of the same family have reportedly been convicted of trying to kill the same person in Illinois on more than one occasion. One of the two brothers recently received a prison sentence. The other pleaded guilty and was already sentenced for the crime earlier in the year.

Man in Illinois facing murder charges in police officer's death

An incident occurred in Illinois in October 2016 that resulted in the death of a police officer. A 34-year-old man is now facing murder charges associated with the death. While it is impossible to presume what the outcome of any case might be, it is safe to say that when serious charges are in question, a strong defense is usually needed to produce positive results.

What to do if you suspect a search warrant violation has occurred

Being charged with drug-related crimes in Chicago is no laughing matter. Depending on whether drug charges are filed at a state or federal level, the penalties under conviction can be quite severe. In many past situations, those accused have acted alongside skilled investigators to determine that certain evidence could be challenged in court because of search warrant violations that had occurred.

Off-duty Chicago cops involved in fatal shooting

Last Saturday afternoon, Joshua Beal, 25, was shot to death after pointing a gun at an off-duty officer with the Chicago Police Department. His brother, Michael Beal, 28, tried to gain control of the gun during the struggle with the officer who fired the shots. As a result, Michael Beal was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer and was held on $500,000 bail.

Halloween night in Illinois ends with murder charges

Many people in Illinois and throughout the nation recently took part in various festivities and celebrations related to the Halloween holiday. In years past, there have been many eerie stories surrounding the holiday, including some that are quite disturbing, especially those involving violent crimes. This year appears to be no different, as one man now faces murder charges for something he is accused of doing on Halloween night.

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