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Other Misdemeanors in Chicago

Misdemeanors differ from felonies in that they are punishable by a jail sentence of less than one year. Most misdemeanors are not of a violent nature, but can include crimes such as assault and battery. Examples of crimes that often are treated as misdemeanors include theft and DUI charges that don’t include aggravating factors such as a fatal accident. Illinois has three classes of misdemeanors: Class A is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500; Class B is carries a six-month maximum jail sentence and a fine of $1500 or less; and Class C is the least serious, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of less than $1500.

Sometimes misdemeanors can either be bumped down to an infraction or be upgraded to a felony, so it helps to know the law and be prepared when faced with such charges. But the best defense strategy includes the services of a skilled Illinois criminal attorney. 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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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:

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?

Is It Legal to Carry a Concealed Weapon in Chicago?

It may surprise you, but Illinois was actually the last of the 50 states to adopt a concealed carry law, allowing residents in the Land of Lincoln to carry a gun in public.

This doesn't mean that there aren't limits to carrying a firearm in the Windy City, but thanks to recent changes in state laws, Chicagoans can pack heat on the street.

Rules for Chicago Beaches: How Not to Get Cited, Arrested

It's finally beach season in Chicago. You know what this means: many, many (hopefully not too many -- nobody likes a crowded beach) a beach bum will be flocking toward the shores of Lake Michigan for some ultimate summer maxin' and relaxin'.

Before you pack up your cooler full of ice-cold beers and load up your car trunk with floaties, however, remember that even though it seems like a lawless land out by the waves, it's not. There are still many precautions to be taken and crimes to watch out for.

Here is a list of some helpful rules for you to know for Chicago beaches:

The Legality of Infusing Liquor in a Prohibition Town

Chicago is a town that is known for infusing and imbibing liquor as much as it's known for the Prohibition-era musical of the same name.

It's a city steeped in jazz and bathtub gin, and even Chicago resident Oprah Winfrey has gotten into infused liquors.

But before you quaff a jalapeno-infused tequila sunrise, consider these laws affecting liquor in the Windy City:

How to Get Your Impounded Vehicle Back in Chicago

Your car was impounded following a DUI arrest or some other reason. Now you're out of custody and looking to get your impounded vehicle back in Chicago. Here are some things you'll want to know:

Obtaining the Release of Your Impounded Vehicle

You can secure the release of your impounded vehicle in Chicago by appearing in person at the City Department of Finance building. The building is located at 400 West Superior and you'll want to look for the Revenue Payment Center. The office is typically open between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The office is closed on Sundays and holidays.

If you provide proof of ownership (e.g., title, vehicle registration), valid identification (e.g., driver's license), and pay the various fees and penalties, you can get your car back. Keep in mind that impoundment due to a narcotics arrest may require an additional release by the Chicago police.

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.

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.