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Other Felonies in Chicago

Federal and state law divides crimes into felonies and misdemeanors, felonies being the most serious and carrying the heaviest sentences. Felonies include mostly violent crimes such as murder and rape, but serious non-violent crimes such as drug trafficking and car theft also are considered felonies. The rule of thumb is that felonies are those crimes that carry a minimum one-year jail or prison sentence. But crimes typically treated as misdemeanors, such as DUI or petty theft, can be bumped up to felonies if they are repeat offenses or are particularly severe.

Those convicted of a felony must disclose that information to prospective employers, insurance companies and other institutions. A skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney can sometimes reduce a felony charge or otherwise help soften the blow of a client’s felony conviction. Chicago criminal defense attorneys can often assess your legal issue and help with developing a good defense strategy. You can find an attorney by viewing FindLaw's local directory of Chicago criminal defense attorneys.

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Ill. Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law, which was one of the harshest in the country.

Before the court intervened, the statute prohibited anyone from recording conversations, even ones held in public, without the consent from the people being recorded, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Supreme Court found the statute's scope to be too broad.

Chicago's Crime-Predicting Software May Be Racist

Remember "Minority Report" and the police's futuristic ability to predict crime and preemptively apprehend criminals? Well, the future is here and it's possibly racist.

The Chicago Police's crime-predicting computers might be suffering from a social glitch or two -- namely, racial profiling. But other tech advances are now a normal part of police work, The Verge reports.

Here are three forms of technology regularly used by law enforcement:

University of Chicago Crime Lab Gets $1M

The University of Chicago Crime Lab received a $1 million grant that will be used to grow its policy work and study crime problems.

With more resources to tackle the city's crime problems, the Crime Lab will be able to keep up with the city legislators' accelerated timetables, said the Chicago Tribune.

So what types of research may the grant fund?

When Can Police Impound Your Car?

While it may be inconvenient, police can impound your car for several reasons.

Getting your car back after it's been impounded is a costly legal process, but understanding why your car was impounded can help you avoid going through it again.

So when can police impound your car?

Is Sexting Photos in School Illegal?

Sexting may seem like a fake word, but it is a phenomenon that can lead to actual criminal consequences. Take Hales Franciscan High School, where allegations of sexting has lead to a criminal investigation, Chicago's WBBM-TV reports.

Police were called to the school on a weekend where, based on conversations with students, a school official claims that sexual explicit images of a female were circulating via text. Police are awaiting more details to determine whether any criminal offense has occurred.

Is sexting actually illegal or not?

What Are Illinois' Gun Ownership Laws?

Any prospective owner of a firearm in Illinois needs to become familiar with Illinois' gun laws. Here are some of the most important laws you need to know:


In general, an individual who wants to purchase or possess a firearm in Illinois will need a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card. This gun license is administered by the state Firearms Services Bureau; you can get an application by visiting the Illinois State Police website.

During the FOID application process, the applicant's identification and background information are checked. Individuals with prohibiting factors such as prior felony convictions, certain misdemeanors, drug addictions, and those who have recently been patients in mental hospitals may not be eligible for a license.

Pedo Arrested in McDonald's Play Area; New '13 Sex Offender Laws

Kudos to the attentive McDonald’s manager. Thirty-six-year-old Joseph O’Brien was arrested for the twenty-fourth time shortly before Christmas after the manager called to report a loitering adult in the children’s PlayPlace. According to CBS Chicago, other patrons reported that O’Brien had been staring at an 11-year-old girl before being asked to leave. He had also been asked to leave on multiple occasions by management.

After a brief investigation, officers learned of O’Brien’s extensive criminal record and sex offender registration as a “predator.” They also learned that he was staying at a motel near the McDonald’s - not at the address he had on file. For the “clerical” slip-up, he’ll face a Class 3 felony charge for failing to update his registration. He has also been charged with criminal trespassing.

Don't Mind Me, I'm Just a Sex Offender Here to Tidy Up

Out of all of the things one could come home to, someone providing free housework has got to be one of the least terrifying. Then again, what if it was this guy folding your sports bra?

Would you (a) let him finish cleaning and folding laundry or (b) scream and call 9-1-1?

The 26-year-old owner of the underwear chose to call the police. It was probably a good decision, as you never know who the strange trespasser fondling your unmentionables might be. In this case, it turns out he was a convicted child rapist. At the ripe old age of 51, he committed aggravated sexual abuse of a 15-year-old, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Prison Break: If Escapees Are Caught, What Do They Face?

Earlier this week, two inmates escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. The remarkable part of the story is not that they escaped, though that was quite a feat. The true surprise is that the escaped cell-mates are still out there.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the daring duo escaped through a five inch window by knocking out a cinder block at the bottom of the window. Then, in an act straight out of a bad movie, they stuffed clothes, shaped as people, into their beds and used sheets tied together to slide down a seventeen story building.

NIU Student Dies From Drinking, Frat Members Charged With Hazing

Northern Illinois University's Greek organizations call it "Mom's Night" or "Parent's Night." During this traditional rush week event, a "mom," who is an upperclassman from a sorority, hides in one of the frat's rooms. According to FOX 32's report, pledges have to go door to door and try to guess if their assigned parent is in the room. If they are wrong, they drink.

David Bogenberger, 19, drank too much. The autopsy report indicated that his blood alcohol content at the time of his death was over five times the legal limit for driving. He was found dead after choking on his own vomit. The official cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, which doesn't even begin to describe how tragically preventable his death was.