Allegations of misconduct can prove to be devastating, regardless of if they are true or not. Even the accusation that you have done something illegal or hurt someone can be enough to dramatically change how your family, friends, employers and community treats you. Even if the criminal charges against you are ultimately dropped, there can still be some lingering doubt or misconception about you that affect your marriage, employment and reputation.
Being accused of a violent offense, especially if it is a major felony, can mean that your entire future is in the hands of the court system. With all that is at stake -- from your reputation to your freedom -- it is crucial that you take the situation seriously and fully consider your legal options.
Illinois has been home to some contentious debates regarding eavesdropping in recent years. As we mentioned in this article on our website, this state's eavesdropping laws were at one time, some of the most aggressive in the country.
Federal drug investigations are typically quite extensive; enormous amounts of resources are dedicated to the processes of investigating, prosecuting and sentencing for these offenses. Cases involving drug trafficking, conspiracy and virtually any suggestion that there is a drug ring or extensive network of alleged criminals making, buying or selling drugs often calls for an aggressive law enforcement response.
Under federal law, authorities are allowed to seize a person's assets if they can show that those assets are in some way connected to a crime. The most frustrating aspect of asset forfeiture is that authorities can take your property even if you are not facing criminal charges.
When law enforcement agents go undercover, there is a very real potential that they will participate in illegal activity. Those investigating a drug ring may buy or sell drugs; an investigation into fraud can lead to participation in money laundering or theft. These behaviors can be unavoidable in maintaining undercover status and protecting an officer's identity and intent.
Last year a Lake County, Illinois man spent 90 days in jail following an arrest for involvement in a criminal conspiracy. A judge later dropped the charges against him. He suspects the arrest came about due to his speaking on the telephone with the alleged ringleader in the conspiracy.