Darryl A. Goldberg
773-793-3196
24/7 assistance | Se habla español

Chicago Criminal Law Blog

White collar vs. corporate crime

The term “white collar crime” has sprung up in recent years and now pervades our media. Many of us have an abstract understanding of what white collar crimes entail. We may have vague notions of rich Wall Street investors sitting in their lofty high-rise offices, collecting money through duplicitous means. But what are white collar crimes actually, and how do they differ from corporate crimes?

White collar crime

The problem with eyewitness testimony

DNA testing has played a huge role in how cases are tried and how defendants are convicted. Since this forensic analysis has been introduced into the trial process, it has shed light on a huge problem in our criminal justice system: the inaccuracy of eyewitness reports. Of the hundreds of cases in which convicts have been exonerated through DNA testing, more than 70 percent of these involved eyewitness misidentification.

Why memory is unreliable

Treatment of defendants: the layered racial disparities

According to a recent study on demographic prison data from 2016, the U.S. Sentencing Commission discovered that black men receive 20 percent more prison time than white men for the same crime—even when the data is analyzed in terms of the offenders’ violent histories.

While this statistic may be upsetting, it may not be terribly surprising. Cases of racial discrimination with regards to the criminal justice system have been prominently reported in the media recently. Perhaps it’s easy to point fingers at racist judges or juries, blaming them for unequal penalties.

Could a 'tweet' deprive a defendant of a fair trial?

Much has been said this year about President Trump’s propensity to speak his mind, particularly through Twitter. His tweets have been fodder for controversy on things he likes (i.e. support for certain political candidates, his political relationship with China) as well as things that frustrate him (NFL player protests, disaster relief in Puerto Rico).

For as influential a sitting president may be, there are growing concerns that his tweets on current criminal cases may put defendants in untenable positions when it comes to getting a fair trial. Essentially, there are fears that such tweets could affect the social conscience of judges and potential jurors before evidence is presented in a court of law. 

Why some defendants plead guilty when they may not have to

Much is said about the problems with our criminal justice system, especially its effect upon people of color and the poor. Those who cannot afford to post bail and go free until their next hearing date (or trial) are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to defending the charges against them and preparing to resume life as they once knew it after being released (if they are released at all).

Because of this, some criminal defendants may make questionable decisions about pleas or give up certain rights in simply to get out of jail, even though they may be innocent of the crime charged. This post will explain some of the reasons behind this trend.

Why you should have an attorney after a DUI arrest

As we write this post, we hope our readers have enjoyed the “Halloween” season of costume themed parties and events. We also hope that our posts have been compelling, unique and genuinely informative.

The unfortunate reality is that some people will stumble upon our blog because someone they know or love has been arrested for drunk driving. If that’s the case, it is important to have an attorney by their side to advise them of their rights and options. Most people believe that lawyers are just dispensable agents who are not very useful in times of crisis, but the following are two important reasons to have legal counsel.

Is an odor enough to arrest you for DUI?

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Cook County, DuPage County or elsewhere in the Chicago metro area, chances are that the police report accompanying the charges indicates that the arresting officer smelled an “ordor of alcohol” emanating from the driver, which likely gave the officer probable cause to ask you to perform a few field sobriety tests.

The “odor of alcohol” claim is very common by law enforcement, but it begs the question of what alcohol really smells like. According to statements on the website alcoholrehab.com, alcohol does not have a smell on its own. In fact, the beverages that have the most alcohol content (e.g. vodka, gin) do not have an odor unless they are flavored with something. 

More women being charged with drunk driving

Our prior post focused on warnings for those planning on celebrating Halloween by going to a party. Indeed, increased patrols are expected for the entire weekend given that Halloween falls on a Tuesday. While some may believe that they may evade patrols because of what they look like (i.e. not the typical middle-aged man, or college fraternity pledge), the reality of DUI enforcement may come as a surprise.  

Essentially, an increasing number of women are being charged with drunk driving offenses. According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report (FBI), the number of women who received a DUI has increased by more than 30 percent over the past few years.

Be careful about alcohol at Halloween parties

Halloween is still weeks away, but it is expected that anti drunk driving campaigns will be as popular as commercials touting costumes. Even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, parties will likely take place the weekend before. Indeed, law enforcement agencies will urge drivers to be careful, but they are also charged with arresting drivers whose BAC is above the legal limit.

Because of this, partygoers must vigilant about knowing how much alcohol is in a particular drink. But even as they try to be mindful of their alcohol intake, they still might be putting themselves in danger.

Bogus forensic science debases the criminal justice system

Modern forensic science has led to some great advancements in criminal justice. DNA analysis has secured convictions for violent crimes like rape and murder, but it has also led to the acquittal of wrongly convicted individuals who have spent years or decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

While DNA testing has become the "gold standard" in criminal cases, it is not foolproof or infallible. And there is an inherent danger in placing too much trust into DNA analysis or any forensic test.

Contact us today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Connect with us

Darryl A. Goldberg
33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 1830
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 773-793-3196
Fax: 312-782-7074
Chicago Law Office Map

Email Us