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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois criminal statistics,Have you ever wondered which crimes are the most prevalent in the state of Illinois? While gun violence and homicide rates have captured the media’s attention lately, new numbers released by the Illinois Department of Corrections may indicate which crimes are actually the most popular in the state. The department surveyed the state’s inmate population of over 45,000 inmates spread across 25 correctional facilities, and recorded their offense in one of 28 categories, including murder, robbery, and burglary. Based on their findings, here are the top ten most common crimes committed by Illinois inmates. Robbery

Number of Inmates: 1,616

Percent: 3.3 In Illinois, robbery is theft of money or property through the use of violence of fear. Aggravated or armed robbery indicates a deadly weapon may have been used, or the victim of the robbery was injured. DUI

Number of Inmates: 1,651

Percent: 3.4 Drivers found operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of over .08 percent in Illinois will be charged with a DUI. While DUI rates have declined in America over recent years, DUIs still remain a common violation, and drugged driving rates are on the rise. Residential Burglary

Number of Inmates: 2,110


self-defense, Illinois law, Chicago Criminal Defense LawyerIn recent years, the news has been filled with cases about self-defense and so-called "stand your ground" laws. Illinois law makes it legal to protect yourself in self-defense in certain situations. Sometimes when someone has been charged with a crime like assault or even murder, they claim they acted in self-defense. How does self-defense work in the criminal justice system?

What Self-Defense Means in Illinois

Every state has a different definition of what self-defense means. In Illinois you properly act in self-defense when:


assault, sports official, Illinois Criminal Defense LawyerA pair of San Antonio, Texas, high school football players have been suspended indefinitely following an incident in which they apparently attacked a game official during live play. Video shows the official, who was observing the play from behind most of the action, get hit hard and tackled by one of the players. The other player can be seen following the hit with a “spear”—direct contact with the crown of the helmet—while the official laid on the ground.

By all accounts, the hits appeared to be completely intentional and unrelated to the immediately occurring play on the field. There has much speculation as to the impetus behind the players’ actions, but nothing has yet been confirmed. Reports from the school district and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) indicate that investigations into the incident are ongoing, but that the players have been suspended both from the team and from school. The UIL, the state’s governing body for school sports, is expected to participate in a due process hearing in the near future. Local police are also investigating, and criminal charges related to the hits are possible.

Assault Against a Sports Official


assault, battery, Illinois Criminal Defense LawyerDespite being among the most common violent crime charges in the country, many individuals would be unable to explain exactly what allegations of assault or battery entail. Adding to the confusion is the fact that many cases may include charges of one, the other, or both, and the terminology used may not exactly have the same meaning in everyday conversation. Charges for assault and battery can be extremely serious, particularly so in cases involving aggravated assault or aggravated battery, and a qualified criminal defense lawyer can help you make sense of the situation.

Assault and battery can each represent separate offenses to a person charged with a violent crime; however, the legal definition of assault relies directly upon the definition of battery. Contrary to the conventional order in which the terms are typically listed, an individual should first have a clear understanding of battery.

Battery and Aggravated Battery


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A La Grange pastor, the Reverend Donald R. Jung, 59, of the Second Baptist Church in La Grange, has plead innocent to the charges of assaulting a 9-year-old girl, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Strangely enough, Rev. Jung admitted guilt to raping a 10-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, though he was never charged in that assault. Rev. Lynn Lacey, another minister at the church, told the Sun-Times that “that’s not the man I know… he’s an honest person.” The honest priest is being held on $750,000 bail on one charge of predatory criminal sexual assault, a crime that’s a felony in Illinois and could land him in jail for an extended period of time.

Sexual assault of children is not a new story, and unfortunately, not a new one in the realm of church or religion, either. The Catholic church has come under fire repeatedly in the 20th and 21st century for alleged sexual abuse that’s either been perpetrated or glossed over by high-ranking church officials. The same goes for sexual abuse in Boy Scout troops—the most recent case blew up in San Francisco in January.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an estimated 285,400 children were victims of sexual assault in 1999. The data shows that the Jung case fits in with larger statistics: 95 percent of sexual assault victims were assaulted by a male, and almost 75 percent were assaulted by someone they were acquainted with or knew by sight. About half of these children experienced a rape, defined as anal, oral, or vaginal.

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