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Illinois criminal defense attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, Illinois federal charges lawyer,Many major news outlets covered the recent sentencing of a Korean Air executive. The executive became infamous for becoming irate on an international flight after she was served macadamia nuts in a bag rather than on a plate. She then demanded that the flight return to its departure gate so that a crew member could be kicked off. For her antics (which delayed the flight a total of 11 minutes) a South Korean judge sentenced the executive to one year in prison.

 Examples of Bad Airplane Behavior

 Before you think “A jail sentence for bad behavior on an airplane cannot happen in the United States,” consider the following individuals who received serious federal consequences for their actions in the air:

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Illinois criminal defense attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, federal hate crime charges, Numerous national media outlets reported on the recent murder of three Muslim students. According to investigators, a man allegedly shot and killed the three Muslim students as the result of a parking space dispute. While a number of individuals (including the surviving family members of the deceased) want to see the shooter charged with a hate crime, others doubt that this particular type of crime fits the definition of a hate crime.

Basic Principles Governing Hate Crimes

As a previous post described, a hate crime is a crime committed against another person or group of people where the crime is motivated by a bias against that person or group. That bias can be on account of that person or group’s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or gender. Because of the nature of these crimes, hate crimes are often punished more severely than a normal crime.

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street gang, gang activity, Illinois criminal defense attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, (or RICO), part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, changed the way federal officials prosecute criminal organizations.  In 2012, Illinois passed the state Street Gang RICO Act designed to empower local and state officials to round up suspected gang members en masse and charge them as members of criminal organizations.

What is RICO?

The Street Gang RICO Act is written to prosecute people involved in a pattern of activity described as criminal, which ranges from drug offenses and prostitution to gun crimes, robbery and murder. Criminal conspiracy convictions carry up to 30 years in prison and fines can reach as much as $250,000.

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cigarettes, contraband, Illinois defense attorney, Chicago defense attorney, We often hear about police stopping a car and discovering illegal drugs such as cocaine or marijuana.

But cigarettes?

Although legal, cigarettes are heavily taxed and regulated in Illinois and other states. In fact, it is a federal crime to sell, transport or otherwise distribute “contraband cigarettes.” In this context, “contraband” means any quantity greater than 10,000 cigarettes where there is no evidence the person in possession paid the required state and local taxes.

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